Bactra Review    A Future for Socialism
See Alec Nove's excellent An Economic History of the USSR, 1917--1991, 3rd and final edition (Penguin, 1992), especially chs. 7--8 and 15. The appendix ``A Note on Growth Rates'' shows on the near-impossibility of calculating meaningful growth rates for the USSR.

Paul Krugman, in Pop Internationalism (MIT Press, 1996) has an essay on the similarities between the Western reactions to the Soviet Union in its prime and to the modern, authoritarian, high-growth states of East Asia, both of which (as Krugman does not note) resemble notions the British and French entertained about Prussia and Germany towards the turn of the century, vide Paul Valéry, The Outlook for Intelligence. The gods alone know what this means.