Books: Constructive Anatomy

MARXISM: AN AUTOPSY—Henry Bamford Parkes—Houghton Mifflin ($3).

Any readers who think they are being invited to a rip-roaring wake over Communism's corpse will find that Henry Bamford Parkes, despite the title of his book, has no such jamboree in mind. Even Marxists may concede that the body of their belief, with all its nobility of purpose, its elaborate doctrine, its often tragic record in action, has rarely undergone such delicate surgery. For the argument of this book goes far deeper than any current disillusionment with a "discredited" Communism.

During the past ten years men of...

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