it is to reassure us we are on the right path after all.
In keeping with the theme of short story collections by Iron Curtain expats, I could recommend Tyrants Destroyed by Vladimir Nabokov:
Not nearly as well known as it should be, not excellent but very good, not well-bound in the soft cover edition, read this book if that's what you're into.
Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets
You can lead a man to knowledge but you can’t make him think
Tell Me Your Jesse Ventura knockout story