THE RUSSIANS IN FOCUS by Harold J. Herman

THE RUSSIANS IN FOCUS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In the last analysis a condemnation of the discipline of terror inherent in the Stalinist state, but a book which in the process of examination almost bends over backwards to be nice to the Russians. With a background of intensive study and acquaintance with many Russian D.P.'s in France who intended to return as his working tools, the author dissects his country neatly speaking of it in terms of labor, peasantry, education, the press, religion, planning, the law in action, the communist party and so forth. In spite of the mildly expressed criticisms, such as the feeding by the press to the people of what they are supposed to read, there are the well engineered evasions such as- the people know they are supposed to be reading it, that add up to a paradoxical whitewash- perhaps a facsimile of the paradox of a Russia that has shown steady internal improvement, through devious methods, over the years. The elusive slant is puzzling, the undertones of approval, until the very last, may make the die hards angry, but factual content and a definite readability recommend to general interest as a light overall survey.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1953
Publisher: Little, Brown- AMP