by Richard Pipes

published 2001

Okay, so, confession: I’m in love with a Polish man in his 90’s.  Seriously.  I love Richard Pipes.  I can’t explain why.  But his books are just fantastic to me.  They are so very readable and insightful.  (I reviewed Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime on my tumblr blog a while back if you’re interested.)

This was actually a slender, easy read, looking at the basics of Communist history, governments that have attempted (or claimed to attempt) Communism, and the influences of Communism on modern culture.  As always, Pipes is brilliantly insightful, logical, and clearly-spoken.  I strongly recommend reading his books if you are studying Communism or Russia.

5/5.  I love this guy.