Books: A Nightmare to Remember

RUSSIA LEAVES THE WAR (544 pp.)—George F. Kennan—Princeton University ($7.50).

The West manages to persuade itself every few years that the Communists are changing, that internal troubles, outside pressure or a deliberate switch of policy are causing a new Communist era. Once again the air is full of such talk. The idea is that most of the evils in Soviet Russia were caused by one man, and this line is fostered by a lot of people, from statesmen (who call on the present rulers of Russia to turn their backs on the wrongs of Stalinism)...

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