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The purpose of this book is to illuminate communist methods of infiltration and subversion in the Afro-Asian World, and to appraise their success against the historical and cultural backgrounds of the various countries...."" Nearly every country in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia is examined in detail, and whole chapters are devoted to those which the author considers critical or unusual cases: Guinea, Ghana, Angola, the Congo, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, India, Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines, Japan, Malaya, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and South Vietnam. It is ""the product of some fifteen years of study, news reporting and personal observation in more than sixty countries and this shows it is a massive study of ideological trends, but at the same time a vivid depiction of real life and real people reflecting those trends. There is, at times, perhaps too much of a journalist's instinctive sensationalism and of course, despite the apparent haste of publisher and author, some parts are already quite behind-the-times, and many more no doubt will be before a year is gone. But on the whole the viewpoint is solidly taken and the tone is judicious as well as timely as possible. What may be surprising (not to say a great relief) to many readers is that Mr. Kurzman's over-all opinion, while always realistic and often grim, is in the final analysis an optimistic one: he feels that such U.S. efforts as the Peace Corps, the U.S. Information Service, and more economic and technical aid, more carefully administered, can turn the trick and keep Afro-Asia free of communist domination.

Pub Date: March 27th, 1963
Publisher: Random House