BIG THAW by C. L. Sulzberger
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Sulzberger is fast winning recognition as one of the best informed and most dependable of the foreign correspondents. He here draws on his experiences and dispatches to the New York Times, and his opinion merits close attention as to where Russia and the satellite nations stand on the question of world peace. The conclusions are both hopeful and grim. He sees the Krushchev-Bulganin aims are for internal stabilization and the spread of communism by economic aid and political influence. All progressive minded governments, such as Tito's, are considered friendly and their growth promoted. But if the prospect of violence dims, Sulzberger is impressed with the long range success of the Soviet peace offensive. Russia's gold reserves are immense; the present leadership is patient and skillful; despite occasional rumblings of protest, there is solidarity among the Soviet bloc. Sulzberger touches lightly upon countless nonpolitical or semipolitical details:- increasing availability of commodities in Moscow, a zoot-suit movement, suppression of the Jews by destroying all Hebrew type fronts, how drunk Krushchev got during his reconciliation with Yugoslavia, etc., etc. But in the main this is a concentrated political study, concerned with trends, personalities, public statements, and whatever else may be construed or utilized to penetrate the Kremlin sphinx.

Pub Date: Nov. 14th, 1956
Publisher: Harper