"The central paradox about contemporary Russia is why capitalism has taken root, but democracy has not. Åslund provides a crisp, comprehensive, and compelling answer. Russia's Capitalist Revolution will become a classic overnight...."
Michael McFaul, Director, Center on Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
"...the book rewards the reader with encyclopedic knowledge, intimate insight, firm thinking, and lucid language."
Pekka Sutela, Eurasian Geography and Economics
"Anders Åslund's Russia's Capitalist Revolution is an exceptionally well-informed account of Russia's tortuous evolution since the reforms of Gorbachev."
Richard Pipes, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of History Emeritus, Harvard University
"This book depicts accurately and elegantly the manifold and complete collapse of the Soviet Union. Åslund clarifies the many components necessary for carrying out reforms. Like few others, he understands the importance of a strong reform team...."
Yegor T. Gaidar, former prime minister of Russia
"[Russia's Capitalist Revolution]. . . may be the best book ever written on the subject . . . . It is written in a very clear language that [is] a special pleasure to read."
Andrei N. Illarionov, former economic adviser to President Putin