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The Socialist Phenomenon

The Socialist Phenomenon
By Igor Shafarevich
319 pp, Harper, 1980
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A powerful treatise on socialism as a doctrine and as a state system, arguing that they are two embodiments of the same destructive historical force. Although the book covers the whole of human history and may seem remote from the international politics of today, it is important for students of Russia in that much of it has a Russian focus and the author is a Soviet mathematician resident in Moscow.