In This Review
Assignment in Utopia
Harcourt, 1937, 658 pp.
After a career as a revolutionary journalist in America -- during which he wrote a biography of Sacco and Vanzetti -- Lyons went to Soviet Russia fully expecting to find Utopia. Being a Communist, he judged the Communist state in terms of its own program and ideology. Reluctantly (and slowly) he was obliged to admit that the Soviet experiment had misfired, that it was not the fulfillment of the revolutionists' dreams or of its own promises. This book is thus both a personal record of the disillusionment of a sincere Communist and an indictment of official Communism under the Stalin dictatorship.
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