This is an anthology drawn from the publication, Problems of Communism, a bi-monthly periodical published under the auspices of the U.S.I.A. Essays and articles spanning 8 significant and stormy years and change, the most turbulent since the Revolution, reflect ferment and power realignment- ""peaceful co-existence backed by atomic blackmail"". In selection the editor excludes articles of little contemporary relevance, and others have been brought up to date, or revised completely. The sections fall under the following headings: Ideology (What role does ideology play in shaping Soviet policy?); Politics (Who will destroy who?) Economics (Conversion of a backward agricultural state into a powerful industrial state); the Literary Scene (The thaw and the stringency); Society (Lowering of rigid social and economic barriers); Miscellany (The rule of law and the writing of history); and Whither Russia (Why, How, Whither). This is an inadequate outline of the varying topical areas, the sometimes contradictory points of view, the elements of continuity- and of change- involved in these years. Informative-challenging and presenting a wide range of authorities, familiar and unfamiliar to the American public.