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A Study of Bolshevism
A Study of Bolshevism
By Nathan Leites
Free Press, 1953, 639 pp

An ambitious effort to portray the spirit of the Bolshevik élite, especially in regard to its conception of political strategy. Although an analysis resting, as this does, largely on doctrinal pronouncements raises some serious problems of interpretation, the study is far more comprehensive and well-rounded than the previously published summary ("The Operational Code of the Politburo," noted here July 1951). Of particular interest is an introductory essay, "The Politburo and the West."