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Political Pilgrims: Travels of Western Intellectuals to the Soviet Union, China and Cuba
Political Pilgrims: Travels of Western Intellectuals to the Soviet Union, China and Cuba
By Paul Hollander
Oxford University Press, 1981, 524 pp.

An unrelenting and impressively documented criticism of left-wing intellectuals, mostly Americans, for pursuing a double standard: extreme disenchantment with their own societies and naïve idealization of communist regimes. Although foreign officials sought to mislead their friendly visitors, Hollander maintains that the reasons for their unbalanced perceptions are to be found primarily in the visitors' psyches. The book is a respectable contribution to academic neo-conservatism.