Books: To the Yonkers Station

THE ROOTS OF AMERICAN COMMUNISM (498 pp.)—Theodore Draper—Viking ($6.75).

The unquiet grave of the U.S. Communist Party has at last been visited by a historian who bears no penitential flowers, only the instruments for an autopsy. To produce his coroner's report. Author Theodore Draper, perhaps the most serious and scholarly historian to venture into this potter's field, has hefted a morgueful of decayed pamphlets and moldering manifestos, also remembered to interview many forgotten men of the left. The result is a book which, without exactly being the season's most fascinating reading, will remain...

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