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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (211 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Pipes Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date: September 2001 ISBN: 9781436146746
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With 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.

At its 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 now be tabulated.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The publication of Richard Pipes’ Communism: A History…is of signal importance. One cannot put it down without realizing, once and for all, that the road to utopia is paved with the bodies of the innocent—and leads nowhere.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • “In the name of great good, Communism has brought great evil…If you’ve wondered how your children and grandchildren are going to grasp this large and alien reality, a good move is to make sure they own this book.”

    Weekly Standard

  • “As a brief, polemical diatribe by one of its fiercest Western critics and historians, this short account of communism should provoke and instruct. For general and academic libraries.”

    Library Journal

  • “I wish every university student…would read this grim book.”

    Paul Johnson, author of Modern Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alain Dewitt | 1/20/2014

    " Good quick read from one of America's foremost Russian historians. This book examines why Communism - in all it's earthly iterations - has been a dismal failure. Pipes explains why it is not the implementation but something inherent in the ideology which carries the seeds of its failure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freddie williams | 1/19/2014

    " History, covers the history of the Soviet. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 sologdin | 1/7/2014

    " Worthless waste of space, this guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 11/27/2013

    " Excellent for basic understanding of Communism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nmorley14 | 11/10/2013

    " I find the installation of communsism on a floundering country interesting. Because once the country becomes profitable economy wise and has a strong militant force the country no longer needs it. Thus the lifespan of communsism is dependent on the military. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dakota | 8/12/2013

    " Excellent, succinct work. Pipes presents a through summary of the philosophy and the practice of Communism, and finds it wanting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Batur | 8/4/2013

    " the essence story of Communism and its interventions on East Europe and the Third World... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John-paul Pagano | 4/24/2013

    " Top-level anatomy of Communism in practice. A very good, though hostile, treatment by a premier Sovietologist. But with Communism, what is there not to be hostile about? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 2/25/2013

    " Great book. Perfect for the reader with little or no knowledge of communism. Offers wonderful context for the major events of the last 100 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Gerald | 10/12/2012

    " The proper indictment of a rotten ideology that enslaved and murdered millions of people, this book's concise expose and explanation of an idea in theory and practice is a definite must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 9/9/2012

    " Efficient and quick read in a span of 160 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fahad | 9/7/2012

    " Very good book, wonderfully written concise without leaving the important/interesting details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roadhouse | 12/30/2011

    " Interesting book about why communism doesn't work and only 100 million people had to die to prove it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan | 1/31/2011

    " Great book. Perfect for the reader with little or no knowledge of communism. Offers wonderful context for the major events of the last 100 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 1/27/2011

    " Efficient and quick read in a span of 160 pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 10/30/2010

    " Nice little primer on Communism. Many will read it as an unfair polemic, but it seems to me there's no real way to defend what Marx inspired at this point. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alain | 5/15/2010

    " Good quick read from one of America's foremost Russian historians. This book examines why Communism - in all it's earthly iterations - has been a dismal failure. Pipes explains why it is not the implementation but something inherent in the ideology which carries the seeds of its failure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Freddie | 11/14/2009

    " History, covers the history of the Soviet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 6/22/2009

    " Excellent for basic understanding of Communism. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ronny | 9/22/2008

    " untuk buku ini harus dibedakan antara cara nulis dan isinya. Cara nulisnya oke banget, tapi isinya... okelah dia antikomunis sejati, tapi menganggap kudeta Pinochet baik? udah gila nih orang. Tapi apalagi yg bisa diharapkan dari seorang mantan penasehat Reagan? "

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About the Author

Richard Pipes is a Polish-American academic who specializes in Russian history, particularly with respect to the Soviet Union. In 1976 he headed Team B, a team of analysts organized by the Central Intelligence Agency who analyzed the strategic capacities and goals of the Soviet military and political leadership.

About the Narrator

George K. Wilson is a working actor in stage, film, television, and commercials with almost one hundred audiobook narrations to his credit. He began in broadcast journalism with American Forces Radio and Television and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He had a lead role in the cult film classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and appeared on television’s One Life to Live, Ryan’s Hope, and The Doctors and has been heard on voice-overs for The Guiding Light and The Cosby Show, as well as many television and radio commercials.