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This review is from: Red Plenty (Hardcover)
May one write a memorable novel about Soviet macroeconomic policies in the Kruschev years? Yes, one may. This novel is a page turner. It's not lightweight either in the number of pages or the themes, but the reading flies! The characters are also memorable. Kruschev in his heyday and after his downfall. A fixer who can procure anything for a price and help plant managers beat the system. A mathematical genius who believes he has the magic key that will unlock the coming Red Plenty: prices that work, something capitalism provides automatically and for free. Young apparatchicks on the make, and failures. Great summer parties. In the end, familiarly even out here in the west, pragmatism prevails and brilliant schemes are abandoned. It also has a memorable description of the onset of cancer, something I had never seen before. The book is brilliant.