Failed Utopias: Methods Of Coercion In Communist Regimes

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Failed Utopias: Methods Of Coercion In Communist Regimes

By Arch Puddington
Institute for Contemporary Studies Press, 1989
283 pp. $19.95

The methods of totalitarianism are well known: regimentation, indoctrination, closed borders, secret police, informers and so on. In case we have forgotten or never really understood, the author reminds us that they still exist in the U.S.S.R., Eastern Europe, Cuba, Vietnam, Ethiopia and wherever communists have taken over; they are the means enabling unpopular regimes to survive. The apparent purpose of the book is to counteract the Western public's naïveté and wishful thinking and the noxious influence of fellow travelers, all of which the author surely exaggerates.

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