The End Of The Line: The Failure Of Communism In The Soviet Union And China

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The End Of The Line: The Failure Of Communism In The Soviet Union And China

By Christopher W. Wren
Simon and Schuster, 1990
316 pp.
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Christopher Wren, a New York Times correspondent in the Soviet Union and China in the 1970s and 1980s, traveled widely in both countries and observed, at the level of the ordinary citizen, the basic inefficiencies of the system and its inability to satisfy elementary needs, let alone a real measure of freedom. The narrative, skipping back and forth between the U.S.S.R. and China and noting the similarities and contrasts, is anecdotal rather than scholarly, but its vivid and honest reporting provides strong evidence of how the system works and doesn't work.

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