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The Communist Party of the Soviet Union
The Communist Party of the Soviet Union
By Boris Meissner and John S. Reshetar, Jr.
Praeger, 1956, 276 pp

This is a major contribution to Soviet studies. Making very extensive use of documentary sources and the rich but scattered literature on the subject, Mr. Schapiro traces, with skill and a clear eye, the history of this unique political movement, analyzes the leading themes in its evolution and describes its organization, composition and leadership in the successive phases of its career.