Books: Sick Joke

THE RATIONALIZATION OF RUSSIA by George Bernard Shaw. 134 pages. Indiana University. $3.95.

In 1931 George Bernard Shaw went on a nine-day, whirlwind tour of the first Communist nation. His Russian hosts could not have been happier with him. When he chanced upon a waitress who had read his plays, he declared that the Russian proletariat was better educated than the British. When he was shown a church that was still intact after the revolution, he remarked that Americans or Englishmen would have sacked it. After a two-hour interview with Stalin, he found him "charmingly good-humored. There was no malice in him."...

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