Unfortunately, the book suffers from careless editing: notably, "The struggle against Michurinism
" should be "The struggle for Michurinism
"; the omission of popular reaction to the initial Berlin crisis and the creation of the Soviet satellite system is puzzling; and despite Johnston's impressive primary sources--including Soviet archives, the Harvard Interview Project on the Soviet Social System, and interviews with survivors of the era--not everyone will accept that he has marshaled enough evidence to banish the polarities of resistance and support (175).
After 1931, Lysenko managed to find powerful patrons in the Communist Party, including the personal notice of Stalin, and when he dressed up his theories in the language of dialectical materialism under the title "Michurinism
" (after the Luther Burbank-esque Russian figure of Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin), he gained greater and greater support through the 1930s.