Revolution and Reality: Essays on the Origin and Fate of the Soviet System
By Bertram D. Wolfe
University of North Carolina Press, 1981, 401 pp.
Most of the essays are articles reprinted from the 1960s, but a few (including an excellent piece on the Comintern and the splits in the European socialist parties) appear here for the first time. The subjects are varied, ranging from pre-Revolution Russia to the future of the Soviet system, but they are tied together by Wolfe's intimate knowledge of events, keen intelligence and honesty. Some background on the origins and the occasion of the individual essays would have been helpful.