Where once reporters’ books on Russia suffered rejection or were relegated to remainder shelves if published, detente, however brief, launched a flood
of books about Russia by reporters. There is, obviously, a market for them.
No resident correspondent in Moscow knows enough of how the Central Committee and the Politburo work to write with authority as a Kremlinologist, and to do so readably. The one exception is Le Monde’s correspondent Michel Tatu, whose brilliant Power in the Kremlin was published in 1967. It is worth noting that he did much of his research at Columbia University.
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