astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s
scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth
as a theory to its miserable death as a practice.
heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive
reorganization of human society ever attempted by a nation-state. Drawing on
much new information, Richard Pipes explains the country’s evolution from the
1917 revolution to the Great Terror and World War II, global expansion and the
Cold War chess match with the United States, and the regime’s decline and
ultimate collapse. There is no more dramatic story in modern history, nor one
more crucial to master, than that of how the writing and agitation of two
mid-nineteenth-century European thinkers named Marx and Engels led to a great
and terrible world religion that brought down a mighty empire, consumed the
world in conflict, and left in its wake a devastation whose full costs can only
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