Books: Heretics Who Did Not Burn

THE BATTLE STALIN LOST by Vladimir Dedijer. 341 pages. Viking. $8.50.

Yugoslavia was the first East European nation to defy Russia. It was a considerable event. Until Josip Broz Tito rebelled in 1948, Joseph Stalin seemed invincible in the Communist world. The Yugoslavian assertion of independence showed that there could be more than one path for Communists: it also set an example that led to the whole concept of a neutral Third World. Today all that is taken for granted. But at the time the Yugoslav struggle was a very close thing. Just how close...

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