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The Strategy Of Deception: A Study In Worldwide Communist Tactics - Edited by Jeane J. [Jordan] Kirkpatrick

Robert Hale, 1964, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper just about Good, being sealed in a mylar wrapper which has been taped to the rear board and sealed at the front flap. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Ex-library but little evidence, sticker shadow to the spine and penned out reference number to the title page being the only obvious signs. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

From the cover: “In this book distinguished scholars and political leaders from seven nations show how Communist parties attempt to capture power in countries outside the U.S.S.R. The subject is a familiar one, but it is not well understood by those unprepared for the deception, obscurity and other methods of Communist infighting. The chapters in this book describe Communist parties on the operational level — Communism in action. The authors demonstrate how Communists, acting in the name of amorphous, sweeping economic and historical forces, ignore these “laws” whenever convenient. They show the way in which Communists have redefined for practical purposes the class struggle so as to make it mean the struggle of Communists and non-Communists. They show how Communists bill themselves as the vanguard of the proletariat in nations with no proletariat, no capitalists and no industry. (In Africa, a Communist party will exploit a tribal conflict as a struggle against the “bourgeoisie”.) They show that Communism grows not by an intrinsic “revolutionary” appeal, but by its ability to obscure its aims and identify itself with other groups, goals and popular symbols. The French Communists, Mrs. Kirkpatrick points out, have attempted to capture Victor Hugo, and the American Communists have staked a claim to Tom Paine and Abraham Lincoln. The Communists, it is demonstrated, are masters of real politik, and should be the enemy and the adversary, rather than the bogey-man, of freedom-loving people and their political leaders.

The editor, Mrs. Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, is a member of the Political Science faculty at Trinity College, Washington, D.C., and a consultant for various U.S. Government agencies.

The author of the British Chapter, “The Communist Party and the Trade Unions”, is Henry Pelling, Fellow of Queen’s College, Oxford.”


Jacket designed by Paul Mechan. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXV] 444 pages.
£6.50