Voices In A Revolution: The Collapse Of East German Communism

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Voices In A Revolution: The Collapse Of East German Communism

By Melvin J. Lasky
Transaction, 1992
123 pp. $29.95
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The former editor of Encounter and a well-known and knowledgeable anticommunist records his often brilliantly wrought impressions of how the old East German regime, its leaders having lost faith in their own power and abandoned by their Soviet supertutors, collapsed. Not surprisingly, his dissection deals primarily with east and west German intellectuals who in some ways cooperated with the old regime or who clung to the hope of a "third way"-all the while being members of "the priviligentsia." A sharp, even polemical reckoning by an American intellectual who has made Europe his cultural-political home.