Leaves

LEAVES FROM A RUSSIAN DIARY – AND THIRTY YEARS AFTER. Enl. Ed. Boston: Beacon Press, 1950. Ix, 346p.

"Leaves from a Russian Diary - highly personalized account of the revolution. Sorokin's book cut through much of America's romanticism about Russian character and the revolution. It was a necessary palliative for those poorly informed writers who saw Russia as an extension of Western civilization and drew inexact parallels between their revolution and that of the United States." (Louis Wetmore)

This is an important book... it should be considered as a human document of great historical interest... Professor Sorokin's narrative is so far the only book written in English by a Russian eye-witness which covers the whole period... from the beginning of the revolution up to the famine of 1922...Undoubtedly... the future historian of the Russian revolution . . . will find in the "Leaves from a Russian Diary" a corroboration of Torcqueville's fundamental idea... that: The revolution, having destroyed what it wanted to destroy and what no doubt would have fallen to pieces by itself, built nothing new; on the contrary, methods which had been in use under the monarchial regime were taken up again, only they were made more oppressive". Colonel A. N. Nikolaieff