Stalin’s Two Famines

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror–Famine

by Robert Conquest
Robert Conquest is one of those rare gifted beings who can combine in one book the results of research, documented and footnoted, with the haute vulgarisation thereof. So The Harvest of Sorrow is a very good book “in both kinds”—and let no mere academic say which is more honorable. The …

Farmer Khrushchev

Conflict and Decision-Making in Soviet Russia: A Case Study of Agricultural Policy, 1953-1963

by Sidney Ploss

The Soviet Economy Since Stalin

by Harry Schwartz
The great debate among Sovietologists is whether lust for power or divergence of policy is the main cause of the perennial quarreling in the Kremlin. Mr. Ploss’s implicit answer is “Both, equally”; and he proceeds to illustrate this with a study of Soviet agriculture, a source of contention in the …

Rationalizing the Russians

The Economics of Soviet Planning

by Abram Bergson

The Best Use of Economic Resources

by L.V. Kantorovich
These two books concern the “resource allocation problem.” Granted that there ought to be economic activity at all, where precisely should we set the nation’s land, labor, and capital to work? Should we make these exports or those import-substitutes? In what proportions do people want round and square buttons? Should …

Carr on the Comintern

History of Soviet Russia, Volume 7 (Socialism in One Country, 1924-6, Volume 3 on foreign policy, in two separately bound books)

by E.H. Carr
With the publication of these two books, one of the great historiographical enterprises of our day has been advanced. Mr. Carr has now given us three volumes on the 1917-23 period (one on domestic politics, one on economics, one on foreign affairs); the so-called Interregnum (1923-4) in one volume; and …

Prop Art

Soviet Foreign Propaganda

by Frederick C. Barghoorn
This is a very scrappy subject, and only a lucky unifying insight or un-scholarly sensationalism could make it otherwise. Incapable of the latter, Dr. Barghoorn has been denied the former. He has therefore not been able to impose unity on his subject. Most of the information one would demand of …