Scholarly, well-documented -- probably too detailed for the layman but will none-the-less be widely read because of the author's name, and because of its value as a handbook for anti-communists, particularly among Roman Catholics. It is a presentation of the thesis that the Soviet Union is not a socialist state, reasons for the failure, steps to be taken to attain socialism. Remarkably objective, considering its source. Editorial passages recognizable, however, as are a few twisted interpretations. Plenty of rapier passages -- bitter -- very readable -- and a ""natural"" in that there exists no other analysis nearly so complete. Translated by Max Eastman.