This newly revised and expanded second edition ofThe Soviet Union Todayprovides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary Soviet reality. Written by thirty experts, the book is divided into eight general sections: history, politics, the armed forces, the physical context, the economy, science and technology, culture, and society. The individual chapters, which are intended to respond to the questions most frequently asked about the Soviet Union, are devoted to everything from the Lenin cult to the KGB; from Soviet architecture to Soviet education; from the status of women and ethnic minorities to the question of religion. All of the chapters from the first edition have been updated, and five new chapterson the Soviet cinema, mass media, foreign trade, arms control, and the legal systemhave been added. An annotated list of further reading suggestions and a special "Note for Travelers" enhance this volume's usefulness. Students, teachers, journalists, prospective tourists, and anyone interested in Soviet life will find this new edition ofThe Soviet Union Todayan essential and stimulating guide to understanding the world's largest country.Cracraft, James is the author of 'Soviet Union Today An Interpretive Guide' with ISBN 9780226116631 and ISBN 0226116638.