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Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin
Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin
By George F. Kennan
Atlantic (Little, Brown), 1961, 411 pp

In this absorbing and eloquent book, based on lectures delivered at Oxford and Harvard, Mr. Kennan reviews with much perception and sensitivity the ragged course of relations between the Soviet Union and the West from 1917 to 1945. While there is much in Western understanding and action to be criticized in the early years, during the inter-war period and during World War II, Mr. Kennan is keenly aware of the intense hostility of the Communist stance which exacerbated all problems. A final chapter, somewhat distinct from the rest, is concerned with present and future prospects in our age of limitless physical destruction.