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Breaking with Communism The Intellectual Odyssey of Bertam D. Wolfe

by Robert Hessen

Breaking with Communism The Intellectual Odyssey of Bertam D. Wolfe Synopsis

This volume, chiefly Wolfe's letters from 1939 with unpublished speeches and writings from the Hoover Archives, illuminates his struggle to uncover the truth about the history of Soviet Russia and his anguish over his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.

Breaking with Communism The Intellectual Odyssey of Bertam D. Wolfe Press Reviews

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780817988814
Publication date: 15th March 1990
Author: Robert Hessen
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press,U.S.
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 311 pages
Categories: Politics & government, Marxism & Communism,

About Robert Hessen

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.

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