Foreign News: A Friend for Keeps

Britain's lucid, 76-year-old Sir Bernard Pares said last week that American ideas on Russia are 20 years out of date. At the end of a ten-week lecture tour, he spoke with more authority than does the usual British tourist: he has studied Russian history for nearly half a century, visited Russia more than a score of times, taught in two English universities, packed many tomes with meaty detail.

Last week, in the New Republic, Sir Bernard wrote that since 1921 Russia has been ruled by "Communists who had ceased to practice communism," and that chief among the changelings is "home statesman" Joseph...

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