Moscow Challenges the World - Ion RatiuLondon: The Sherwood Press, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is a little rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.
Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.
From the cover: “This important book, now published for the first time, was written between 1946 and 1950 — while Stalin was consolidating the Soviet Union’s hold on the East European countries lately ‘liberated’ by the Red Army. With unique prescience the author understood, as so many observers did not, that a blend of communist philosophy with the Russian messianic and imperial mission was being used by Stalin to create a colonial empire of a new kind, controlled from Moscow. The book falls into five Parts. Part I is a brief but cogent introduction in which the author traces the revolutionary crisis of our time to the perceived injustice of capitalist society and the alienation of the workers. In Part II he examines in depth the doctrine, the politics and the morality of communism. Part III is a profound historical and philosophical analysis of why the communist revolution succeeded in Russia and not elsewhere, contrary to the expectations of Marx himself. In Part IV Ion Ratiu dissects communist society in terms that have lost none of their validity with the passing years. In the face of this universal threat and challenge, how should the West respond? The author provides his answer in Part V. He utterly rejects appeasement and the facile notion that communism will mellow in time (which flourishes yet again with the advent of Gorbachev). The West must never shrink from exposing the true nature of communism. It is because Ratiu’s book has lost none of its validity and relevance that it is now, at last, offered to the public, writes Brian Crozier in his Introduction. The message is that our civilisation is under threat from a new ideological barbarism. If the nature of the threat is not understood, it cannot be countered. Moscow Challenges the World gives many valuable insights into that threat.”
Foreword or introduction by Brian Crozier. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 410 pages.