Synopses & Reviews
American Communism in Crisis is a book of many insights. It deserves a wide reading.
Joseph Starobin is uniquely qualified to tell this still little understood story of the Communist party's decline and fall. He has contributed a major and indispensable work to the literature of American radicalism. He has illuminated a particularly mysterious period, as only one who writes as both an insider and outsider could do.
A moving and revealing chronicle, casting light not only on the past but even on the present. It will doubtless be read with interest by historians of the American Left--and it should also be read by all those who are concerned with the present turbulence in American political life.
In 1943 the American Communist Party was a large, politically influential, broadly based movement. In 1957 it was a small, weak, and isolated political sect. The Party's decline in the intervening Cold War years is the subject of this book--an analysis of a major radical movement that touched millions of Americans and pervaded many aspects of American life.
About the Author
Joseph R. Starobin is Associate Professor of Political Science, Glendon College, York University, Toronto.