The American public has had too little opportunity to form an intelligent opinion on the political, social, and economic situation in Russia. Too many of those who have written on the Bolshevist Revolution have written as partisans rather than as investigators in search of truth. Some of these have been frankly propagandists. Others, ignorant of the Russian language and knowing little of the Russian people, have depended for their information upon prejudiced sources, and have innocently written prejudiced accounts. In the resulting mass of contradictory opinion on Bolsheviks and Bolshevism, the public finds little reliable statement of fact.
"La Ruasie Bolcheviste" owed its success in Frame largely to a straightforward and vivid description of the actual revolution. The author, a professor in the College libre des Sciences sociales, knew the people and the country, and had a training which enabled him to make careful observations and judgments. With no ax of his own to grind he succeeded in producing a sane book when most of his predecessors had given way to hysteria. The book thus supplied a need in France and was received with . . .