"The Soviet World of American Communism" by Harvey Klehr

The Soviet World of American Communism Harvey Klehr, John Earl Haynes, Kyrill M. Anderson

Annals of Communism
Publication date:
02 Mar 1998
420 pages: 234 x 156 x 23mm
black & white illustrations

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Drawing on documents newly available from Russian archives, this important book conclusively demonstrates the continuous and intimate ties between the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) and Moscow. Digging even deeper than the authors' earlier volume, The Secret World of American Communism, it conclusively demonstrates that the CPUSA was little more than a pawn of the Soviet regime.

"A work of extraordinary scholarship. The authors leave no doubt that to speak of the party as autonomous is ludicrous and foolhardy."?Daniel J. Leab, editor, Labor History

"With the publication of this book, the debate about whether the Communist Party of the United States (CPUSA) was a genuinely home-grown movement or a tool of the Soviet Union has been finally answered. . . . This is one of those seminal books that do not merely contribute to a debate, but effectively end it."?Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In this equally impressive effort, the authors collect and contextualize declassified documents from the 1920s to the ?50s that deal with the close ties binding the USSR and the CPUSA. It will be hard for any reader to conclude that the CPUSA was ever independent of Soviet control. . . . Saddest of all are papers that document the CPUSA?s almost desperate attempts to toe an Orthodox line during Moscow?s wild mood swings. . . . [An] important volume for understanding the U.S., the U.S.S.R. and the 20th century."?Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] valuable synthesis."?Library Journal

"The documents Klehr?s team unearthed illustrate the total dependence of U.S. Communist Party members on the Soviet Union. Soviet influence inevitably extended from financial support to policies and personnel. . . . Rich source material for history students."?Booklist

"The Soviet World of American Communism will prove that there isn't a single good word to be said for the Communist Party USA. Not one."?Arnold Beichman, Weekly Standard

"[This book] takes its place as yet another fine entry in Yale University Press?s extraordinary series of recent books on the history of the Communist plague in the twentieth century."?Arnold Beichman, Weekly Standard

"The book illustrates very well the apparatus of control through which the Soviet comrades ran the American Party."?Adam Ulam, Washington Post Book World

"The Soviet World of American Communism is the first important study of the relations between American Communists and the USSR since Theodore Draper's American Communism and Soviet Russia, published in 1960."?Sam Tanenhaus, New York Review of Books

"This book, though one entirely of documents, is memorable and powerful. It will be of great value to all scholars of the diplomacy of the early and mid-20th century."?Esmond Wright, Contemporary Review

"The evidence the authors provide proves what the average American has long suspected. The Communist Party USA was effectively an arm of the Soviet government. . . . The documents also prove that the Communist Party USA, like any other agency of the Soviet regime, took orders from Moscow regarding its leadership, its policies and its very membership."? Dennis R. Papazian, Detroit, MI News

"It?s a significant service for Yale University Press to finally publish Moscow?s actual marching orders. . . . It?s hard to overestimate the value of the [Annals of Communism] series."?Michael Ybarra, Washington Monthly

"The Soviet World of American Communism constitutes an important update of the political history of American communism."?Edward P. Johanningsmeier, The Historian

Named an Outstanding Contemporary Book Finalist by the Templeton Honor Rolls for Education in a Free Society

"A major breakthrough in the study of the history...of the communist movement. The editors have fulfiled their task with an admirable level of professionalism. The editors' comments are detailed, knowledgable and at the same time easy to understand. Accessible and useful both to students and mature researchers."—Irina Filatova, Journal of the Department of History, University of South Asia