Retreat from the Finland Station by Murphy
Moral Odysseys in the Breakdown of Communism

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In 1940, Edmund Wilson published "To the Finland Station", a study of the growth of the idea of communism. This book examines the lives of such men as Bukharin, Koestler, Gide, Diljas, Silone and Dubcek, and describes the self-deception and despair of those who embraced and recoiled from communism. Murphy argues that the self-deception of the communist is not merely a product of circumstance, but integral to the very idea itself.

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Published August 24, 1992 by Free Press. 288 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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But for all his shrewd character analysis (e.g., Gorbachev's climb up the greasy pole as Yuri Andropov's protÇgÇ), the author fails to notice his subjects' attitudes toward the Soviet-Nazi nonaggression pact of 1939, surely a seminal event in anti-Communism, and he overly credits ``utopian scheme...

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