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The Collapse of the Soviet Military
In this book, a distinguished United States Army officer and scholar traces the rise and fall of the Soviet military, arguing that it had a far greater impact on Soviet politics and economic development than was perceived in the West. Drawing on interviews with key actors in the Soviet Union before, during, and after its collapse in 1991, General William E. Odom tells a ri ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Yale University Press
(first published 1998)
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I read this book when it first came out for professional purposes. I just read it again. Speaking both professionally and as a reader, it is a well-written, thoughtful, and thorough analysis of the last stage of the Cold War. This is a must-read for anyone interested in what happened then and why, how much of the current narrative is distorted, and how the Soviets actually thought and behaved.
William Odom provides a well thought out analysis of why the Soviet Military dissolved during the end of the Soviet Union and what precipitated the destruction of one of the largest military forces in the world. Odom starts by analyzing Soviet military structure from command and control models to the force divisions and how they were allocated. He includes nuclear related assets and talks about the wholesale corruption occurring in the Soviet Military industrial complex. The main factors cited f ...more