make the most of Lovereading
Search our site
The Heart of Mars by Paul Magrs Read the opening extract of the brand new Paul Magrs book before its publication on 15/03/2018

Breaking with Communism The Intellectual Odyssey of Bertam D. Wolfe by Robert Hessen

Breaking with Communism The Intellectual Odyssey of Bertam D. Wolfe


Breaking with Communism The Intellectual Odyssey of Bertam D. Wolfe by Robert Hessen

This volume, chiefly Wolfe's letters from 1939 with unpublished speeches and writings from the Hoover Archives, illuminates his struggle to uncover the truth about the history of Soviet Russia and his anguish over his earlier allegiances not only to Lenin but to Karl Marx as well. When intellectuals in Eastern Europe and China are going through the same soul-searching process, this book is especially timely.


Unlike most collections of letters, this one has a theme that gives the work a narrative thread. The documentary skillfully traces how Bert Wolfe's ideas evolved, how he changed, slowly and reluctantly, from being an ardent defender of Lenin, communism, and Soviet Russia, to being a leading adversary. Wolfe's Voice of America radio scripts, published here for the first time, contain some of the most eloquent words ever penned by a critic of communism and a defender of democracy.

Sidney Hook

About the Author

Robert Hessen is a historian educated at Queens College, Harvard University, and Columbia University. He is a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and the general editor of the Hoover Archival Documentary series.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

15th March 1990


Robert Hessen

More books by Robert Hessen
Author 'Like for Like'


Hoover Institution Press,U.S.


311 pages


Politics & government
Marxism & Communism



Lovereading is like booking a holiday, you don't know what it will be like and it is a whole new experience.

Sue Burton

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

Why I love @lovereadinguk? It's in the name - as dedicated lovers of reading, they are perfect matchmakers for helping me find my next read!

Catherine Jenkins

My horizons have been broadened by some of the books I have been lucky to review and I expect it to be no different in the future.

Daran Bellingham

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

The selections are so varied and the reader reviews are so helpful. A fantastic website for those who love books.

Ann Quintilla

Thanks to Lovereading I have discovered new writers and read books I would never had looked twice at - and enjoyed them.

Angela Rhodes