The Great Misunderstanding

Non-Fiction - Social Issues
255 Pages
Reviewed on 05/04/2023
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Author Biography

Gennady Ermak is a scientist and writer. He holds a Ph.D. in biology and has conducted research at several science centers, including the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, USA) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland). In 2012, he transformed his career from research to writing. His publications encompass biology, medicine and social issues. He is the author of several books and over 50 scientific articles.

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Reviewed by Essien Asian for Readers' Favorite

Over the decades we have been led to believe that nothing positive can come from communism. Years of propaganda by Western media spread the fear of red hordes running through the streets, looting and pillaging in the name of creating equitable living standards for all. Its very definition seems to be the complete opposite of all things relating to democracy, but exactly what do we know about communism? Gennady Ermak experienced this ideology firsthand while growing up in the Soviet Union at the height of its influence. He uses his unique perspective to unearth the origins of this ideology, its unfulfilled promise, and the reasons why it did not work that well for some countries when compared to others. A summary of his findings is contained in his book which is aptly titled Communism: The Great Misunderstanding.

Gennady Ermak delivers a workshop with his analysis of this often misunderstood ideology. His explanations are crisp and quite detailed, using popular examples that are easy to relate to. His theory on the interconnectivity between democracy, socialism, and communism is thought-provoking and guaranteed to start a process of careful introspection by any reader. I am particularly impressed with his approach to the presentation of his book. By creating chapters that can be read and analyzed independently, this book can be read starting from any point without losing the focus of his message. Communism is an unusual work that will not only open your eyes to the immense opportunities not being fully utilized by our present ideological model but will demonstrate how to get the best out of it.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Communism: The Great Misunderstanding is a work of non-fiction by Gennady Ermak and is a comprehensive analysis of communism. The book aims to dispel common misconceptions and provides a clear understanding of the ideology. It distinguishes communism from collectivism by clarifying the core principles of Marxism. Consisting of twelve chapters and a conclusion, the author analyzes the history of communism, including the failures of the Soviet Union and the promising success of the Chinese model. The book also explores the evolution of socialism in the West and argues that communism has been misunderstood historically, especially in capitalist countries. I found the conclusion, which discusses the future of communism and socialism with the suggestion that socialism will continue to evolve and become more successful, to be highly thought-provoking.

Gennady Ermak’s Communism is an informative and insightful book that is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the ideology. This edition gives readers a fresh look at Marxism by clarifying the connection with communism. It is an interesting read and the author’s viewpoint is unique and enlightening. Easy to understand and well structured, the book examines the reasons why communism and socialism have been so misinterpreted and attributes this misunderstanding to a lack of knowledge and ideological bias. His explanations provide a valuable context for understanding the challenges faced by these ideologies. Well-researched and credible, this unusual perspective should help readers to understand communism. I highly recommend this book as a valuable reference for students and anyone interested in political philosophy.

Keith Mbuya

History has seen different societies and nations grapple with the various socioeconomic and political models available. While successes or failures have shaped public perceptions, they might have distorted our understanding of the fundamental meaning of communism. Most people, especially in the Western world, believe that communism is a “freedom-limiting and terrible thing.” In Communism: The Great Misunderstanding, Gennady Ermak Ph.D. delves deeper into the topic. The book covers the history of communism and competing philosophies including Marxism, collectivism, totalitarianism, feudalism, and capitalism. Schools of thought, and the history of Russia, the USSR, and China are among the many subjects also addressed. Get yourself a copy to discover more.

Gennady Ermak’s Communism is a must-read for lovers of political, historical, and philosophical literature. Gennady approaches the subject matter with insight, maintaining a profound intellectual depth. I found the historical and scientific data used to back up Gennady’s ideas both enlightening and intriguing. The occasional playful observations and witty imagery included in the debate served to lighten the underlying academic tone. Gennady explores every avenue of thought objectively, highlighting the similarities and contrasts in communism, capitalism, and Marxist ideologies. It is interesting how capitalists loathe communism, yet they incorporate some socialist elements into their societies. This is a thought-provoking and thoroughly enlightening read and is a magnificent piece of work.