Book Analysis: The Soviet Viewpoint.
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Average Americans suffer from a high degree of ethnocentrism, and the average Air Force officer is little different in this respect. Since most of our relations with the Soviets are adversarial, it will greatly improve our positions in day-to-day, confrontational, and combative situations if we can anticipate and act faster than the Soviets. The purpose of this paper is to increase awareness of the radically different perceptions the Soviets have developed in their course of becoming a nation, and to encourage the study of the Soviets perceptions to use as a tool in predicting and anticipating their actions. THE SOVIET VIEW, By Georgi Arbatov. and Willem Oltmans offers the reader a unique perspective other Soviet writers and thinkers can only envy. Arbatov is the Director of the Institute of AmericanCanadian Studies, an accomplished historian and writer, a full member of the Central Committee of the USSR Supreme Soviet. Interviewed by Mr Willem Oltmans, Arbatov tackles a number of controversial questions, providing in-depth answers which in some cases are very surprising, and in other cases well elucidated doggerel. THE SOVIET VIEWPOINT is laid out in chapter format and one can easily locate general items of interest. Additionally the index is extraordinarily complete, a real time saver if one is looking for a specific item.
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