This book is a selection of documents from the 22nd Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in October, 1961, during which the ideological split between the Russian leadership and Communist China came out into the open -- with tiny Albania used as a stand in for China. had denounced the ""cult of the personality"" at the 20th Congress to February, but some of the Stalinist old guard had attempted return to Stalinist principles shortly afterwards. These men come in for castigation in the speeches reprinted in this book, especially who is named by K. as the worst of them all. Despite the labored translations, the speeches impart the drama of the Congress from which many ordinary Russian learned of Stalin's for the first time. Khrushchev's speech detailing and that of his son-in-law, Adzhubel, urging the advantages of with the West, are especially notable. A second section of speeches deal with the econo program adopted at the Congress, aimed at reaching the threshold of Communism by 19. The , who is a member of the New York Times editorial board, has added each speaker, and a brief commentary.