THE SOVIETS EXPECTED IT by Anna Louise Strong

THE SOVIETS EXPECTED IT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This survey of the Russian scene and personalities must be taken with a few grains of salt, since Miss Strong's sympathies have been unquestioned for years. However this seems to be a not too overly zealous idealization of the Russian government, and one can read between the lines. A good picture of the Russian people, their courage, determination, spirit; it is anecdotal and colorful in treatment, and presents the peasant, the worker, the soldier, all in this present struggle together. Next she analyzes Stalin in this crisis, his earlier doubts of France, of England, of Germany; his open-eyed decision to gain time by a pact with Hitler, and the way in which that time was used. His successive steps of aggression on the Baltic, designed to disrupt Hitler's scheme. Preparations for war, internal and external; equipment and the human elements; the handling of Fifth Column activities, a superficial treatment compared to Duranty's exhaustive research (see report page 563 on The Kremlin and the People). Throughout, the story is personalized by records of her own search for the facts, through interviews, contacts, etc. Her conclusion is inescapably -- ""Hitler cannot conquer Russia"".

Publisher: Dial