by RON JACOBS
The twentieth century is the century of socialism. Understanding its successes and failures around the world are crucial to understanding the history of that recent century and the potential future of the current one. A recent addition to the multitude of historic reflections published on this subject lends a uniquely US perspective. The author, Paul LeBlanc, is a long-time socialist whose tendency leans toward Trotskyism. This latter fact is one that seems to matter mostly to other leftists and certainly does not detract from the history LeBlanc tells.