This is his third book on Russia (following Soviet Russia's Foreign Policy and Russia and Postwar Europe) -- and in it the author sets out to correct ""misinterpretations, misconceptions, distortions"" regarding the Soviet Union in hasty utterances and writings by officials and journalists. He sees in the Russian state the basic principles of communism despite divergences of practice, due, he feels to a realistic flexibility. State controlled economy and strong totalitarian political regime both fit the doctrine of the transition period, while the Revolution still goes on, though various facets seem at odds with Lenin's Communism. He sees post-war Russia greatly weakened after the war, resources strained to the limit, scorched earth policy, loss of manpower. Without being able to put a finger on it, one senses an undercurrent of slight bias against Communism, a note of warning of Communism once it has recovered strength.