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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, however., November 2, 2003
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This review is from: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Communism (Paperback)
This book to its credit generally gave a good overview of the history of Communism, however, it had two major shortcommings. The first was its obvious USA centrism which was well displayed in a summary towards the end of the book refering to US deaths in Vietnam without mentioning the Vietnamese deaths (are we to think US lives are more important than Vietnamese?). Additionally, the Complete Idiots Guide to Communism asserts that the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (the incident that set the official pretext for US involvement into the US/Vietnam conflict) was factually when it is generally agreed (even by the CIA) that this incident was stagged by the US military.
Secondly in the initial pages of the book it asserts that no communist or socialist government has ever gained power by means other than violent overthrough. This is plainly wrong. For such proof we need look no further than the election of Salvador Allende in Chille (susequenbtly killed by a US backed, right-wing military coup), or the recent democratic election of Hugo Charvez in Venezuela (admittedly, this may have happened after the books publication). If one cared to look through the history of socialist governments I am sure more examples could be found.
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Initial post: May 28, 2009, 9:49:14 PM PDT
TMOT says:
Italy, too, would have elected a Communist Party government just after WWII if not for a *massive* U.S. propaganda against it, which included (among MANY other things) getting almost every Italian American to write handwritten letters following a State Department script to their relatives back in Italy asking them not to vote Communist, and getting every major Hollywood star to do a video or radio commercial asking the Italians to vote for "freedom" rather than Communism. See the book Killing Hope by William Blum for more detail on this.

Also, we should define violent overthrow. Was the Russian Revolution a violent overthrow? The storming of the Winter Palace wasn't violent. The Civil War that followed it was.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 6:08:58 AM PDT
Will Riddle says:
Still suffering from Communist Agitprop I see.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016, 5:06:26 PM PDT
Yes, U.S. lives ARE more important to Americans (as they should be). Let's talk about North Korea (a slave state) and South Korea (a free country). I also recommend "The Gulag Archipelago", if you want an inside view of the "glory" of communism. The apologist for Communism are either the most uninformed people on the planet, for their is SOOOO much information available; or they are borderline evil. Sorry
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