National Affairs: Comrade at Large

When Earl Russell Browder was kicked out of the Communist Party in 1946, a discredited symbol of Russia's wartime policy of playing down the coming revolt of the masses, his onetime comrades gave his character a routine knifing, then abandoned him to the lonely death of a political heretic. But Browder refused to die. He hustled off to Moscow, checked into the best hotel in town, and paid a call on Molotov. Two months later Browder was back in the U.S. as American representative of three official Russian publishing houses. The Kremlin had apparently decided that Browder was a valuable option...

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