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The American Communist Party
The American Communist Party
By Irving Howe and Lewis Coser
Beacon Press, 1958, 593 pp

A substantial history of the American Communist Party from 1919 to 1957, omitting, though not disregarding, the underground and espionage activities. The authors have their own political predispositions--the book is dedicated to Ignazio Silone and Milovan Djilas--and the reader may debate a number of their judgments, but they are always interesting and provide much food for thought.