Reflections on a Ravaged Century is primarily focused on the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, but he remains consistently forward-looking. "The power of fanaticism and of misunderstanding is by no means extinct," warns Conquest. The 20th century will be a prelude to even greater evils unless intellectuals engage in "a careful consideration of what needs to be learned, and unlearned." This book, both wise and accessible, is a good start. --John J. Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
If they aren't to you, fine, but you will have been given much to think about.
R.C.'s "beat" has been the Soviet communist empire and the support system it has enjoyed from its fellow travelers in the West.
One of the heavyweight historians of the 20th century, his analysis of the nightmare utopias of communism and Nazism is unparallelled.
As with DRAGONS OF EXPECTATION, this isn't a bad book for a beginner in Conquest, but those who've read his earlier great studies of Stalinist Russia and related matters, it's... Read morePublished 2 months ago by reading man
Conquest sets out in a disparate collection of essays to examine the underlying causes that explain how big-I Ideas came to dominate the political landscape of much of the... Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by David
Robert Conquest's book titled REFLECTIONS ON A RAVAGED CENTURY is a careful diagnosis of the USSR when Big Communism was in control in Russia (1917-c. 1990). Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by James E. Egolf
This was a 'differnet' sort of text for me personally, as I'm more into hard data analysis of military campaigns, stratetgy and such so take my opinon with a grain, of sort. Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by L. Greco
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To understand why Robert Conquest's work is vital for all, you need to recognize Western culture's growing naivety towards any history before... Read more
I could not agree more with Conquest about the implications and legacy of the 'great' messianic ideologies of the 20th century - but this book neither illuminates nor entertains. Read morePublished on November 14, 2008 by PH NY
Mr. Conquest illuminates the dawn, developement and consequences of leftist and, yes, rightist nationalistic ideologies that ravaged the last century. Read morePublished on November 1, 2005 by frytom
What are your feelings regarding disparate essays packaged in book form? If you don't have any, you may enjoy this collection by the justifiably renowned Robert Conquest. Read morePublished on October 29, 2005 by brian komyathy
Robert Conquest's earlier works include The Great Terror and The Harvest of Sorrow, both of which stand with Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago as the greatest... Read morePublished on October 1, 2005 by Declan Hayes