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Gripping and heartbreaking. Western intellectuals who spent decades rationalizing the terror and repression of Stalin's brutal police state contributed to the suffering of its... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Historyfan72
Reality, it can really get that bad and Amis doesn't hesitate to spell it out. Good book.Published 4 months ago by Benjamin
A great work. Martin Amis at his best. A chilling portrait of Stalin, sometimes a baffoon sometimes a genius. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I walked with the author all the way through and was gratefully enlightened.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Written in a mildly sarcastic style, this is a great companion to more serious histories of the Stalin period. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Desmond
An amazing story. You have to keep stopping to remind yourself this really happened. Stalin's thirst for purging and shooting people in massive numbers knew no bounds. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Aussie
Poorly organized book. Writer was too clever by half in the structure of the book. It is choppy and uninteresting, as though the author typed it from
note cards on which an... Read more
This is an incredible and devastating book--as another reviewer commented, the only one the non-specialist on Stalin really needs to read about the era of his reign. Read morePublished 15 months ago by VELVET