American Communism and Soviet Russia

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American Communism and Soviet Russia

By Theodore Draper
Viking, 1960
558 pp. $8.50

This sequel to Mr. Draper's first-rate study of "The Roots of American Communism" (1957) carries the story of the American Communist movement through the factional quarrels of the 1920s to the ouster of Jay Lovestone in 1929. By that time the pattern in the Party was set. "Each generation had to discover for itself in its own way that, even at the price of virtually committing political suicide, American Communism would continue above all to serve the interests of Soviet Russia." An absorbing and skillfully written narrative.

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