Bibliography of Anti-Soviet Books

In Memory of Richard Pipes, 1923-2018: Fatiha

by Ashk Sylejman [Stephen Schwartz]
May 18, 2018

Most of these books are personal memoirs or original source materials compiled by participants in the events they describe. For this reason, they are especially authoritative and useful.


My Life As a Rebel
By Angelica Balabanoff

Balabanoff, notwithstanding her Russian name, was a prominent figure in the Italian socialist left, became involved with the Soviets, and then broke with them. She was the political “discoverer” of Mussolini. An outstanding account of how Western European radical leftists were drawn to the Bolshevik mirage.

Wild Lily, Prairie Fire: China’s Road to Democracy, Yan’an to Tian’anmen, 1942-1989
By Gregor Benton and Alan Hunter

An important compilation on the unknown development of dissidence within the Communist Chinese movement and its emergence in the broader Chinese society.

Out of Bondage
By Elizabeth Bentley

A riveting personal account by a major Soviet agent who broke with Moscow and gave major testimony against the conspiracy.

Shipwreck of a Generation
By Joseph Berger (Comintern memoir)

A fascinating memoir by an agent of the Communist International (Comintern) involved in creation of the Communist Party in Palestine during the 1920s, who ended up in the Gulag, and, miraculously, survived.

World Communism
By Franz Borkenau

An unparalleled account of the Comintern by an early functionary in its propaganda apparatus and associate of the Frankfurt School, with details and insights appearing nowhere else.


Vietnam: A Dragon Embattled
By Joseph Buttinger

Buttinger was a former left socialist from Austria. His account of the origins of the Vietnam War is immensely important. He once tried to explain Vietnam to Tom Hayden – a waste of time to say the least. His wife Muriel Buttinger was the individual whose personality was “stolen” by the Stalinist Lillian Hellman in her fabrication of the character of “Julia,” an antifascist agent.

Mea Cuba

By Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Essays on the fate of Cuba by the leading literary defector from the Castro movement.

By Whittaker Chambers

The uniquely “transforming” personal account of Communism in the 1920s and 1930s, how people were recruited as spies, and how Chambers himself decided to support the cause of freedom, leading to his testimony against the Alger Hiss ring.

The Russian Enigma
By Ante Ciliga (the best Gulag memoir)

The first memoir of the Gulag to gain major attention in the West, by a Croatian Communist. Ciliga is especially interesting because he was sent to the Gulag as a Trotskyist but shows how the prisoners he encountered had to intellectually analyze the regime that imprisoned them. He revealed the existence of a vast unknown ferment inside the Russian revolutionary movement, following the Bolshevik and Stalinist takeovers.

The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
By Stephane Courtois, et al

Irreplaceable as an encyclopedic source.

Family Portrait with Fidel
By Carlos Franqui

Franqui was a comrade of Fidel Castro and the editor of the main daily Revolución after Castro took power. He was also one of the most distinguished figures to break with Castro. An extraordinarily important and enlightening book.

My Disillusionment in Russia
By Emma Goldman

An especially useful and important account of the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution by a leading American anarchist and feminist.

Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America
by John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr

The best and most accessible account of the decryption of Soviet secret police and espionage message traffic by Western codebreakers, leading to the arrest of various spies.

Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey
By David Horowitz

The outstanding autobiographical account of an American ’60s radical.

Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution

By Harold M. Isaacs

An exceptionally important account of Comintern meddling and Communist revolution in China in the 1920s.

A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990
By Robert Kagan

An important summary of the campaign against the Sandinistas, by a then-State Department official deeply involved in supporting the Contras.

Report on the Murder of the General Secretary
By Karel Kaplan

The official report of the Czech Communist authorities on the post-1945 purge trials in Eastern Europe, anti-Semitism in the trials, and the involvement of American spies. Significant for the Alger Hiss case.

In Stalin’s Secret Service: Memoirs Of The First Soviet Master Spy To Defect
By Walter Krivitsky

Path-breaking expose of Soviet spying in the West, by a defector who was murdered on U.S. soil.

The Red Decade: The Classic Work on Communism in America During the Thirties

By Eugene Lyons

An amazing and unchallengeable examination of the influence of the Stalinist left in the U.S. during the 1930s, everywhere from the union movement to Hollywood.

This Deception
By Hede Massing

Personal account of her disillusionment by a member of a Soviet spy ring in the U.S., with special knowledge of the Hiss case.

The Guillotine at Work: Twenty Years of Terror in Russia (data and documents)

By G.P. Maximoff

An account of the suppression of the Russian anarchist movement by the Communists, written by a personal witness.

Homage to Catalonia

By George Orwell

Doubtless the most important single work on Communism in English – a personal record of Orwell’s participation in the Spanish civil war of 1936-39 in the ranks of the anti-Stalinist POUM, and his persecution in Spain by Soviet agents.

Memorial plaque, Barcelona


Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War
Edited by Ronald Radosh, Mary Habeck, and Grigory Sevastianov

Documents from the Russian archives on the Soviet intervention and subversion of the Spanish Republican government during the Spanish civil war.

A Communist Party in Action
By A. Rossi and Willmoore Kendall

A detailed account of the activities of the French Communist Party during and after the Hitler-Stalin pact, written by a former Italian functionary of the Comintern (real name Angelo Tasca), who was one of the original comrades of Antonio Gramsci. A political and organizational model that was applied all over the world

Catholic Martyrs of the Twentieth Century

By Robert Royal

Includes very important and rare information on Communist persecution of the Catholic church.

Memoirs of a Revolutionary, 1901-1941
By Victor Serge

More vivid and wide-ranging than any other, a personal memoir by an anarchist who joined the Comintern and functioned in its network, then supported Trotsky and was sent to the Gulag. Released and allowed to come to the West, he became an early avatar of the neoconservatives and was murdered by Soviet agents.

Stalin; A Critical Survey of Bolshevism
By Boris Souvarine

Still the best original account of the insane Russian dictator, by another former Comintern official, with access to documents nobody else had at the time the book was written.

Out of the Night

By Jan Valtin

Memoir by a Comintern agent who operated among maritime workers in Europe and the U.S. A tremendous bestseller in America just before World War II, which opened the eyes of many to the reality of Communism.

The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America – The Stalin Era

By Allen Weinstein

Authoritative account of the Alger Hiss spy case.

Three Who Made a Revolution: A Biographical History of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin

By Bertram Wolfe

The most accessible and detailed account of the Bolshevik Revolution by a founder of the American Communist movement who broke with Communism.

The Killing Fields (DVD)
By Sidney Schanberg

The classic account of the Pol Pot regime and its program for mass murder in Cambodia.

Islam and Communism

By Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

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Crown Witness Against Hebrang

By Ivan Supek

Uniquely valuable account of Tito’s repression in Yugoslavia.