Prague’s Red Ghosts

  The city's Museum of Communism is shabby and rather strange, but it should be

Two Generations Lost to Communism

50 years of Communism have left Cuba poorer than ever

In Search of My Father, Agent of the Comintern

A newly released MI5 file proves that the family man I looked up to was a ‘senior and trusted’ courier for the Soviet Union

Red Pawn

How chess became a tool of totalitarian Communism

Comrade Mandela’s Legacy to the ANC

The assistance Nelson Mandela’s party received from the Soviet Union still influences the ideology of South Africa’s government

Washington Reds

The characters are duplicitous, torturing sexual predators selling Western secrets to the KGB: the baddies, right? Not in The Americans


I taught English in Poland in the 1960s and can safely say there were virtually no Communists in the country

Spurning Old Truths

The Taste of Ashes by Marci Shore is a history typical of a modern, intellectual "non-Jewish" Jew, which downplays the impact of the Holocaust

Overrated: Karl Marx

Two new biographies of the Left's hero choose to ignore his dark side

He Stood with Giants

Gennadi Sosonko's intimate personal knowledge of the Soviet Union's greatest grandmasters is unrivaled — and he was a useful player himself

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"