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The Posters of Glasnost and Perestroika Paperback – June 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (June 5, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140122737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140122732
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,675,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are several aspects of this fascinating book that make it worthwhile - first and foremost is that it admirably achieves what anyone would assume its goal was, which is to present the reader with examples of posters from the time stated. To begin with, the layout designers placed one image on one page, and, as suggested by the 16 x 11 inch dimensions, this allows the details to emerge without becoming totally unwieldy. It gives the book a clean, uncluttered look, as none of the posters have to compete with others on the same page, or large blocks of text. The posters also run the gamut of topics during this period - subjects as diverse as education, conservation, bureaucracy, charity, alcoholism prevention, prostitution - the point being that many of these subjects were not eligible for public presentation because they weren't supposed to exist, or else no one was supposed to bring up the problems. I initially expected all of the examples - given the two on the cover - to adhere to political themes only, but the tack taken by the authors demonstrates exactly what the new openess (of that time) meant in relation to this media - that it was now possible to address what had been off-limits before.

So as far as what the book is designed to do, I think it is quite successful. One small correction to the product description: There are only 131 posters instead of the 144 it mentions - instead, there are 144 _pages_. The other pages contain a list of illustrations, along with their creators, and two short essays, one by Victor Litvinov and another by Alexander Yegorov. These two essays, as short as they are, are another interesting facet - not so much for what they say in regards to the time and the posters (which is still informative), but also for the tone of their writing.
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