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Lethal Politics: Soviet Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1917 Paperback – January 1, 1990

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers; New edition edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560008873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560008873
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Rummel has taken on the assignment of making an accounting, once and for all, of the people killed by the Soviets since 1917… Rummel has provided a plethora of statistics, graphs, and sources for his estimates. College and research libraries.”

—A. Ezergailis, Choice

About the Author

R. J. Rummel was professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of over one hundred scholarly articles and two dozen books, including Power Kills, China’s Bloody Century, and The Miracle That Is Freedom.  In addition, he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and been the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association and the International Association of Genocide Scholars’ Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contribution to the Field of Genocide and Democide Studies and Prevention.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Anti-communist on January 30, 2001
This is the best book ever written about the Soviet Union - in fact, it is one of the very few which are even honest. The author, a political scientist at the University of Hawaii, demonstrates that the Soviet Union committed terrible crimes against humanity, including huge massacres, forced famines and slave labour. The atrocities began with the October Revolution in 1917 and continued with Stalin's genocides against national, religious & socio-economic groups, the mass purges in Eastern Europe and the silent deaths of millions in the Gulag during the '50s, '60s, & '70s. The book concludes with the genocidal invasion of Afghanistan.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2000
If you only want to read one book on the Soviet regime, this is it. It shows that every Soviet dictator - from Lenin to Gorbachev - committed terrible atrocities against entire populations, including large-scale massacres, man-made terror-famines, and the destruction of millions in concentration camps. After discussing the historical record, the author collects and analyses thousands of estimates of the Soviet death toll, which he calculates at nearly 62 million. This book should be compulsory reading for anyone who cares about human rights.
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