THE NEW CLASS DIVIDED by Albert Parry

THE NEW CLASS DIVIDED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Subtitled ""Science and Technology Versus Communism,"" this book investigates the socio-political role of the Soviet Union's new managerial, scientific, and intellectual classes. it is, overwhelmingly, a sanguine picture that Professor Parry has assembled. ""The Party is retreating high and low,"" he finds. ""The Party knows it is behind the new times and cannot catch up."" Thus the aparatchiks (Party hacks) are giving ground everywhere to the new professionals who, while they still pay lip-service to Marxist-Leninism, are actually ideological agnostics whose interests and aims are practically identical with those of engineers, scholars, medical men, and artists in the West. The sources for this author's hopeful prognosis are not as direct as we--or he-- could with. Since on-the-spot researching would most likely have gotten him arrested as a spy (like his friend, Professor Barghoorn), he relied mostly upon interviews with defectors and the Soviet press. Biases in both cases had to be allowed for, and this is where the guesswork comes in. But even granting some debatable assessments, this is an extremely valuable study, which could and should, in its author's words, ""help in the world's search for, and chances of, peace.

Publisher: Macmillan