Book Review: Roy D. Laird and Edward L. Crowley, Editors, "Soviet Agriculture: The Permanent Crisis," New York, Praeger, 1965.

by Nancy Nimitz

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A brief unfavorable review of the Laird-Crowley book containing the papers and background reports presented at the February 1964 symposium at the Institute for the Study of the USSR in Munich. Written after the bad harvest of 1963 and before Khrushchev's removal, several of the papers are complacently dismal in tone. The title reflects a general tendency to underestimate the adaptability of the Marxist system. Specific errors and shortcomings are listed.

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