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5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS
HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS
SEAN MCMEEKIN
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2009
HARDCOVER, $38.00, 308 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ABBREVIATIONS, NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX

Russia had been one of the greatest success stories of the capitalist world in the decade leading up to World War I. War and wartime inflation undermined...
Published on March 23, 2010 by Robert A. Lynn

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2.0 out of 5 stars A book with a large black hole of missing players
I found the book interesting but contained too many glaring, critical black holes. There is no mention of William Boyce Thompson (Federal Reserve Bank director), AIC (American International Corporation), no significant analysis of The Red Cross Mission in Russia, there is only minor mention of the Guaranty Trust, no mention of the Soviet Bureau in New York, Trotsky in NY...
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5.0 out of 5 stars HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS, March 23, 2010
This review is from: History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks (Hardcover)
HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS
SEAN MCMEEKIN
YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2009
HARDCOVER, $38.00, 308 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ABBREVIATIONS, NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX

Russia had been one of the greatest success stories of the capitalist world in the decade leading up to World War I. War and wartime inflation undermined the government's legitimacy, however, and led to power falling into the hands of increasingly radical elements, ending up with Lenin. The Bolshevik takeover led to the near paralysis of the Russian economy. In the midst of the world's largest forest, the Bolsheviks were soon running out of paper to print their decrees, propaganda, and currency. What did they have to sell to buy imported weapons to help them stay in power? In a powerful and surprising new book, HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS, author Sean McMeekin makes a powerful and surprising argument that Lenin and his followers imposed a policy of looting the national treasures that Russia had amassed over the centuries. Those treasures consisted of gold, silver, and precious jewelry on a massive scale. This didn't prove as immediately successful as the Bolshevik braintrust had hoped. For example, "inventory shrinkage" proved a problem. When Lenin and Trotsky called for mobs to sack the local landowners, bourgeois households, and churches and send the loot to Moscow, the amount received wasn't as lucrative as expected. Rather a large percentage seemed to stick to the fingers of local Bolshevik operatives. The author shows in this formidably documented, morally impassioned book that the Bolsheviks could have never survived their first years in power without the cooperation of Western governments, industrialists, and financiers. That's because their first act on seizing power was to deliberately destroy Russia's economy, leaving the regime wholly dependent on foreign financing. Beyond dialectical materialism, the Bolsheviks didn't have the slightest idea how a modern economy or financial system worked. This was made even worse, when on December 27, 1917, they abolished private banks and repudiated government bonds which effectively destroyed the system for investors to invest and the workers to work. If the principal function of most governments is to cultivate law and public order, then the opposite happened under the Bolsheviks-eradicate all existing laws and institutions and encourage class war. With the nation's economy now wrecked and its banking system abolished, the Bolsheviks had nothing to encourage foreign buyers to invest. Accordingly, they acted less like a government than like a gang of thieves. They couldn't for instance open the safe-deposit boxes in most Russian banks and so they decreed that all owners of the boxes were to turn over their keys-that is, to help the government rob them. What they did manage to confiscate-from banks, churches, and private owners, most notably the Romanovs-they proceeded to fence surreptitiously and at a huge discount. McMeekin's book bristles with the names of the Soviets who went to Switzerland with suitcases full of cash and jewels. Lenin found Stockholm banker Olof Aschberg, who would purchase Russian gold ingots at a huge discount in Estonia and then ship it across the Baltic to the Swedish Royal Mint. They then worked overtime melting down the Russian ingots (stamped with the Tsarist Russian seal) that were subsequently sold in London and New York. Aschberg would then sell the Bolsheviks the weapons they needed for their civil war and subsequent war against their peasantry. And while the Allied powers officially banned such sales, they effectively looked the other way when they saw how much money could be made. On the political front, then British Prime Minister Lloyd George, tired of blockading the Baltic, had legitimized Soviet trade representatives in order to get orders for British factories. The British signed a trade agreement with the Soviets in 1921 and the German Foreign Office, which had done so much to put Lenin in charge of Russia, signed one at Rapallo in 1922. HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS is filled with vivid images of theft and spoliation, of warehouses full of loot, and millions of rubles. But the real value of this book is that it shows just how well the West lived up to Lenin's cynical statement-"Comrades, don't panic, when things get very tough for us, we will give the bourgeoisie a rope, and the bourgeoisie will hang itself."

Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Orlando, Florida
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service; excellent read., February 8, 2009
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The author has researched and written a book that covers the gap between the Tsarist downfall through to the downfall of Bolshevik rebels. The rape of the culture of Old Russia will make you sick when you see how the gold, jewels. paintings and religious objects are stolen by these "friends of the People," what they do with it, and how it turns out. It made me very sorrowful and revengeful for the actions of these robbers. It also points out what a lax citizenship will allow a small band of violent and active rebels, including destroying your country, your culture, your person. This was a well written book, placing some of the then current world leaders at the same greedy trough as the Russian rapists, The Bolsheviks!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To be a socialist means to robber entire nations and to live in huge mansions, November 2, 2013
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Dalton C. Rocha (Fortaleza, CE, Brazil.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks (Hardcover)
Here in Brazil, I read this good book.
This book has these main great qualities:
1- About the massive robbering of "Soviet" people by the Marxists and dooming of a first class economy, this book is great.
2- This book clear shows how developed and rich was Russian under tzardom. And how genocidal and failured was Bolshvism.
3- We see how bankers were ever looking for to be friends of Marxists, if they became rich with this process.
4- The main use of gold, platinum, art,etc. robbed by the Bolshevists was to buy weapons and use these weapons later to enslave and exterminate Russian, Ucranians, etc. later.
5- The fact that Sweden and Baltic states were helping Lenin's tyranny is clearly showed, in this book.
6- The imbecility of England's premier David Lloyd George(1863 - 1945) in supporting Bolshevism and dooming the British Empire, in exchange of Bolshevik's orders of weapons, executive aircraft, Limousines,etc. is clearly showed in this book.
7- The fact that Marxists such as Lenin, Trotsky, etc. were in limousines, mansions, ec. while "Soviet" people was dyeing of famine is remembered in this book.

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There's some problems in this book that lead me to give four stars for it:
1- About Lenin's syphillis that made Lenin completely mad, years before the Russian Revolution and later killed that mad tyrant, there's nothing in this book.
2- About the fact that massive amount of Soviet Union's money went to support Nazi Party, there's nothing in this book. This book remembers that Kurt von Schleicher 1882 - 1934) was a Soviet agent and gave Germany's power to Hitler in 1933, creating the Third Reich. The fact that the massive private armies of Hitler( SA and SS) had about 700,000 men, seven times the number of German army and this massive and biggest history's private army had more soldiers than all brands of American militaries in 1932, because Soviet Union not only gave massive fortunes to Hitler, but also because any big company receiveing money from Soviet Union ever have to give fortunes to Hitler and his Nazi Party. Kurt von Schleicher in exchange of grafts ordered the opening of Germany for Soviet exportations of food, while at the same time millions of Ucranians, Kazaks, Russians were dyeing of hunger isn't remembered in this book. The money from these foods was used to buy machines to make Soviet weapons and to support Hitler's Nazi party.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for Details?, March 26, 2013
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Debby Cradick (Waconia, MN United States) - See all my reviews
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This book is full of details as far as amounts, type, comparison to today, names, places, etc. Well researched, well written. It's actually quite frighting to see how easy it was for the Bolsheviks to do business with the rest of the world. It's also quite eye opening to realize how a government can say one thing, while their foreign offices can manipulate an official standing to make it mean whatever they need it to mean. I had no idea how much business Sweden and Germany did with the Bolsheviks, both before and after the revolution. Shame on Sweden and Germany, shame on England for being so quick to do business with this evil entity, the Bolsheviks. Shame on the world for turning a blind eye to the atrocities in Russia, and further shame on the rest of the world for their greed in buying up stolen belongings. A real eye opener with stunning detail.
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17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The looting of Russia by the Bolshevics., February 8, 2009
This review is from: History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks (Hardcover)
The results of this researcher's investigation has been long known to most in Russia, but not in the West.
Too bad this is not going to enter the textbooks in those same countries and overturn the dominant mythology that the Bolsheviks, i.e. the murderers of the Russian empire, have been good for Russia.
My fear is that this author's work will be dismissed in some way, and this will remain the only work in this field...but kudos for the author.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, January 21, 2010
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A detailed yet readable book on how the Soviets took over Russia's financial, cultural & artistic heritage at the Russian Revolution. Perhaps too much detail for the casual reader, but a must for anyone interested in the topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book with a large black hole of missing players, April 19, 2014
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S. Smith "Quality counts" (West Chester, Pa United States) - See all my reviews
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I found the book interesting but contained too many glaring, critical black holes. There is no mention of William Boyce Thompson (Federal Reserve Bank director), AIC (American International Corporation), no significant analysis of The Red Cross Mission in Russia, there is only minor mention of the Guaranty Trust, no mention of the Soviet Bureau in New York, Trotsky in NY then Canada (with the diplomatic interplay between the US, England, & Canada), etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars most informative, February 21, 2014
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Excellent book! Everyone should read this book. It is incredible that we know so much about the holocaust but nothing of the depredations of the communist in Russia. They have done the same in every Country that has had the misfortune of being taken over communism. It is an evil system still alive and well even in this century.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horrid, April 11, 2012
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This a scary and sobering book about what happens when a group of lunatics masquerading as human-rights activists, progressives, and friends of the people manage to succeed in leading the country.

"Leading" is a rather dubious phrase, though, they were so stupid and incompetent that an average teenager could run a country better than they, armed with no more experience than that gained by playing Warcraft and SimCity. I wish I was exaggerating -- but I'm not. Buy it, and you'll see.

Potentially the biggest criminals in history, please read this and do not let anybody ever again whitewash the crimes of Bolshevism and Lenin, bringing to life the horror of the ideology created by the now demonstrably retarded, Karl Marx.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and well-researched book on plundering and thieving nature of socialism, December 22, 2013
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This book describes in detail every step of socialist plunder of Russian people. Anyone interested in learning what socialists are preparing for American people should read this book: what starts with talk about "equality" and "helping poor" ends up in drilling bank safes and armed confiscation of wedding rings in the name of "great future."
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