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China Under Communism: the First Five Years
China Under Communism: the First Five Years
By Richard L. Walker
Yale University Press, 1955, 403 pp

An excellent and comprehensive survey of developments in Communist China since the establishment of the Peking régime in October 1949. The author concludes that the Communists, despite some impressive achievements, have been corrupted by their absolute power. Ruthless, aggressive and warlike, they have already gone far toward transforming China's ancient and humane civilization into a slave society. Mr. Walker sees little prospect for change in Communist China's basic international orientation of alliance with the U.S.S.R. and implacable hostility to the United States.