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  • Superb...a hugely readable book

    Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph
  • At its peak, communism controlled one third of the human race...Brown's scholarly, well-paced and critical overview contributes brilliantly to a reasoned reassessment

    Sunday Times
  • To understand one of the central stories of the 20th century - read Brown's book

  • The breadth of his scholarship and research is hugely impressive... Brown offers clever insights, as well as some fascinating new revelations

    Evening Standard
  • This book is the crowning achievement of Archie Brown's career... This volume will remain a definitive study of communism... Thank you, Archie Brown

    Oleg Gordievsky, Literary Review

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