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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.