The Rise of the French Communist Party, 1920-1947
By Edward Mortimer
Faber and Faber, 1984, 416 pp.
A lucid and balanced retelling of the history of the PCF from its founding to its Bolshevization, to its "neutralism" during the German-Soviet Pact, to its role in the Resistance and its electoral victories after Liberation. An epilogue depicts the party's decline since 1947. Told in the context of French politics and Soviet hegemony, by a British correspondent and writer.