Reading the negative ratings of this book gave me a good laugh. Especially Kris' comment on how people (Americans!) have bought into communism. If communists are a bunch of THUGS, as you call them, I would love to see what your comment would be if you read about your government... What you will find, may or may not please you.
This book is a great read, and it offers historical insight and many mroe things. Some people are just too stupid/biased to realize.