Reprinted from articles in the more cerebral periodicals, this amalgam of political wisdom, speculation and acrimony reads like a source book for Orwell's ""1984"". These are the major issues: the power shifts, rivalries and hierarchy within the Kremlin, especially the tumult produced by Stalin's death; friendship with the renegade Tito government and ""foreign"" relations with Poland and Mao's China; rewriting the past to keep pace with the political lies of the present; cultural and critical values as they swing and sway with the tastes of the Politburo; Lysenkolsm: and the ever-growing engulfment of the Russian find by an intellectual Siberia. Mr. Wolfe, author of Three Who Made A Revolution is cogent and horror-stricken. Except in isolated pages as when reviewing the systematic ruin of Lysenko's dissenters, the book's effect is not new nor unsettling. Limited.