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pja · 2017-01-12 · Original thread
You’re going to love reading “Red Plenty” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/0571...

:)

pja · 2017-01-12 · Original thread
You’re going to love reading “Red Plenty” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/0571...

:)

zeemonkee3 · 2016-06-19 · Original thread
I think it was the fall in oil prices in the late 70s/early 80s - combined with a ruinous invasion of Afghanistan - that finally did in the Soviet Union economically. Putin should take note.

Otherwise - despite the appalling human cost of projects such as the White Sea Canal and farm collectivisation - the USSR did indeed become a global power if only for a short period. Red Plenty [1] is an excellent book on the subject.

[1] https://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/0571...

ableal · 2015-12-07 · Original thread
The Amazon page for Francis Spufford's Red Plenty, http://www.amazon.com/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/1555976... , currently features as 2nd comment one that starts by saying:

"I happened to grew up in Soviet Union and actually met some of the people mentioned in this book ..."

(and goes on to praise the authors accuracy.)

perturbation · 2013-09-08 · Original thread
The central planning, linear programming-driven Soviet dream was explored in the excellent book "Red Plenty" by Francis Spufford. I would heavily recommend it.

http://www.amazon.com/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/B00B9ZD...

Zarkonnen · 2012-03-10 · Original thread
For a very good extended historical view on how this kind of mess-up kept on happening in communism, also see the book Red Plenty. ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Red-Plenty-Francis-Spufford/dp/05712... )

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