About this book
The most comprehensive and authoritative history of communism. 'To understand one of the central stories of the 20th century - read Brown's book' "Independent"
The relentless rise of Communism was the most momentous political development of the first half of the twentieth century. This book explains how and why Communists came to power; how they were able, in a variety of countries on different continents to hold on to power for so long; and, what brought about the downfall of so many Communist systems.