A good book review is a platform for a skilled sweep of history and society.
Andrew O’Hehir’s Salon.com review of The Rise and Fall of Communism by Archie Brown rises to this standard. The focus of O’Hehir’s write-up is the recent work of a retired Oxford Sovietologist and former informal adviser to Margaret Thatcher.
Despite having been affiliated with one of the biggest anti-communists of them all, Brown has some unorthodox views. The review is worth a read, and the book probably is too.