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Brezhnev's Folly: The Building of BAM and Late Soviet Socialism (Pitt Russian East European) Hardcover – June 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0822943723 ISBN-10: 0822943727 Edition: 1st Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Russian East European
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822943727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822943723
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,550,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fine, readable work on a neglected topic that offers insights not just into the construction of BAM, but into the larger realm of youth culture and work culture under Brezhnev.”
—Technology and Culture

“A revealing and multifaceted analysis of a little studied topic from the late Soviet era. It deserves the attention of every specialist in modern Russian history.”
—The Russian Review

"This study will be important for specialists on Soviet politics and history, and more generally for historians of technology."
—Slavic Review

“A fascinating case study of youth, gender, ethnicity, and an emergent ecological consciousness in Brezhnev's USSR.  This book also focuses on the near farce of an out-of-touch effort by the Soviet state to have BAM's builders inhabit a visionary future while living in a squalid present. This disconnect between officialdom's happy propaganda and the brutal reality of everyday life on BAM validates Havel's insistence that late communism can be reduced to mendacity incarnate. An important work that should become a classic in the field.”
—Matthew Payne, Emory University

“An interesting and important analysis. . . Scholars and students will discover much with which to argue, but at the same time an accessible, unusual, and well-documented work of history.”
—The Journal of Modern History

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Christopher J. Ward is associate professor of history at Clayton State University.

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A good book on a little know subject!

It really does delve deeply into planning (or lack there of) of the BAM and its VERY poor execution. VERY highly recommended for anyone interested in the soviet Union and it's collapse.
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