Breaking With Communism

Breaking With Communism

by Robert Hessen
     
 

This volume, chiefly Wolfe's letters from 1939 with unpublished speeches and writings from the Hoover Archives, illuminates his struggle to uncover the truth about the history of Soviet Russia and his anguish over his earlier allegiances not only to Lenin but to Karl Marx as well. When intellectuals in Eastern Europe and China are going through the same

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This volume, chiefly Wolfe's letters from 1939 with unpublished speeches and writings from the Hoover Archives, illuminates his struggle to uncover the truth about the history of Soviet Russia and his anguish over his earlier allegiances not only to Lenin but to Karl Marx as well. When intellectuals in Eastern Europe and China are going through the same soul-searching process, this book is especially timely.

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Unlike most collections of letters, this one has a theme that gives the work a narrative thread. The documentary skillfully traces how Bert Wolfe's ideas evolved, how he changed, slowly and reluctantly, from being an ardent defender of Lenin, communism, and Soviet Russia, to being a leading adversary. Wolfe's Voice of America radio scripts, published here for the first time, contain some of the most eloquent words ever penned by a critic of communism and a defender of democracy." —Sidney Hook

Booknews
Wolfe (1896-1977) was the pre-eminent US historian of Soviet Russia. His autobiography, A life in two centuries, ends around 1937-1939. This volume, consisting chiefly of Wolfe's letters from 1939 on, illuminates his struggle to uncover the truth about the history of Soviet Russia and his anguish over renouncing his earlier allegiances not only to Lenin, but to Karl Marx as well. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817988814
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Series:
HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION Series
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.10(d)

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