The Collapse of the Soviet Military
William E. Odam. New Haven, CT: Yale University, 1998. 523 pp. Notes. Bib. Index. $35.00 ($31.50).
Reviewed by Richard F. Staar
A West Point graduate with a Ph.D. from Columbia, Lieutenant General Odom retired as head of the National Security Agency after a distinguished military career. He is currently director of National Security Studies for the Hudson Institute as well as adjunct professor at Yale. His previous positions included assistant army attaché in Moscow, military assistant to the national security advisor in Washington, and chief of U.S. Army intelligence. The author's expertise is evident throughout this book, which represents the most authoritative source to date on the subject. Nevertheless, it is written in an elegant style that makes the text understandable to the "attentive public," as well as to the specialist. Superb documentation, often from Russian language sources, includes data elicited from numerous interviews with former Soviet civilian and military officials.