“…the book is well worth reading. In evaluating the century of communist revolutions from the 1870s to the 1970s, it provides a timely reminder for those who lived through the Cultural Revolution years and lights a beacon for younger people searching for new paradigms of change, by documenting the inspiring creativity, born of the conscious activism of millions of people, that offered a totally different framework for evaluating deep social problems-and a radically different solution, as well.”– A China Historian (Full Review)
“In this short book, Raymond Lotta provides a critique of the founding myths of anti-communism. In the process, he offers an account of the history of communist revolutions that focuses on the creation of new institutions, organizations and collective practices that have been largely ignored in the standard literature…”– Michael E. Brown, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University, author of The Historiography of Communism (Full Review)
“By answering a series of often asked questions, he challenges the popular myths and “wisdom” surrounding the history of communist revolution from the Paris Commune to the Russian and Chinese socialist states. He gives us a people’s history of what they set out to do, what they were about, the shortcomings and advances that were made and what we have learned from them….
The whole history of communism has been portrayed either as some horror or as some kind of utopian scheme that could never work, neither of which is true. Lotta brings an informed opinion, reason and balance to a debate which is long overdue.” (Full Review)