The Soviet World of American Communism
by Harvey Klehr, John E. Haynes, K. M. Anderson
sequel to The Secret World of American Communism (1995). Now the American authors of that book, along with Soviet archivist Kyrill M. Anderson, offer a second volume of profound social, political, and historical importance. Based on documents newly available from Russian archives, The Soviet World...
conclusively demonstrates the continuous and intimate ties between the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) and Moscow. In a meticulous investigation of the personal, organizational, and financial links between the CPUSA and Soviet Communists, the authors find that Moscow maintained extensive control of the CPUSA, even of the American rank and file. The widely accepted view that the CPUSA was essentially an idealistic organization devoted to the pursuit of social justice must be radically revised, say the authors. Although individuals within the organization may not have been aware of Moscow's influence, the leaders of the organization most definitely were.
The authors present, explain, and annotate ninety-five documents, and they quote from hundreds of others to reveal the actual workings of the American Communist party. They show that:
- the USSR covertly provided a large part of the CPUSA budget from the early 1920s to the end of the 1980s;
- Moscow controlled all political decisions taken by the CPUSA as well as who should serve in the party leadership;
- the CPUSA endorsed Stalin's purges and the persecution of Americans living in Russia.
Editors: Harvey Klehr, Emory University; John E. Haynes, Library of Congress; K. M. Anderson, director,
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