I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in the USSR.
Spufford's technique of combining fiction with some very intricate history and economics brings the subject alive to the extent that I could hardly put the book down.
This can't possibly be true, what the book shows, some will say, it's too unreal.
This is a history of the Soviet Union during the time of Krushchev holding up to our minds the possibility that for one golden Camelotian moment the Soviet Economy actually worked. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles W. Riendeau
I enjoyed this book greatly, until I got about 75% into it and reached the end. A full quarter of the book consists of end notes that I would have greatly enjoyed reading, but... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charlie
This is a very good and unusual book. It sits in a way in between social history and ﬁction. The author describes it variously as a novel whose hero is an idea, that of optimal... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Benedito Silva neto
I especially liked the insider view of the Soviet system. To see it through the eyes of hopeful bureaucrats, scientists, etc, is to help understand how they could possibly have... Read morePublished 5 months ago by William C. Ferry
An excellent "fictionalized" history of a decisive (and I fear largely forgotten) experiment in human behavior.Published 5 months ago by Maria E. Bailey
Having gone in and out of the Soviet Union many times during the 70's, and having established close relations with many of my colleagues there, I know from experience that... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Panola Man
Fascinating explanation of the dreams and ideals of the early Soviet Union. I only wish there would have been a longer run on the theme through the end of the USSRPublished 7 months ago by Steve in MT
Somewhat sputtering, a bit slow, mired in microscopic and repetitive details.Published 10 months ago by Old Fashioned Values