Books: As Bad or Worse?

COMMUNISM, DEMOCRACY AND CATHOLIC POWER (340 pp.)—Paul Blanshard— fleacon ($3.50).

Paul Blanshard has two bogeymen of almost equal fearsomeness: one dwells in the Kremlin, the other in the Vatican. It is hard to say which one makes his hackles rise higher, but each time he claws at Stalin he manages to scratch the Pope. His 1949 bestselling American Freedom and Catholic Power (168,000 copies) painted a terrifying picture of a totalitarian church at war with U.S. democracy. His new one is Communism, Democracy and Catholic Power. It enlarges on and reiterates his earlier theme, but something new is added: the Kremlin and...