In this fourth volume of memoirs Djilas devotes himself to the critical decade following World War II, then briefly to the subsequent years when he was out of power and in and out of prison. He dwells on Yugoslavia's transformation from loyal ally to bitter opponent of the Soviet Union, and on his own transformation from authoritative voice of the revolution to discarded and persecuted heretic. Both transitions were more gradual and cumulative than has generally been realized. Djilas has told much of the story in his earlier books, but this one is complementary and full of his sharp views and impressions of the leading personalities of the time.
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