The list author says: "The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a murderous parasitic regime responsible for the deaths of over sixty million of its own subjects by its state security forces, and over twenty seven million persons killed during the Second World War. This later devastating conflict was enabled by the duplicitous actions of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and his Politburo of killers (see book #7 - Victor Suvorov's The Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II, below).
In 1920, Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises demonstrated in his path-braking article, "Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth," (see item #25 below) that all attempts to establish socialism would not work, for reasons of informational efficiency. Because of the absence of a market-based pricing system of profit and loss, socialism could not perform the necessary economic calculation to survive. The Soviets turned to economic parasitism through espionage, theft, and expropriation of technology from the West.
For Soviet parasitism and the transfer and theft of technology from the West which built the Soviet Military-Industrial Complex, see volumes #28-37.
Historian John Earl Haynes has composed several extremely helpful bibliographic resources on Communism and Soviet Espionage which scholarly researchers will find very useful. Here are the links:
"Best Nonfiction Book of the Twentieth Century" (Time magazine) The definitive documentation of the horrors and crimes of the Soviet Gulag found in one text by Nobel Laureate Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn."
"Nearly 30 million prisoners passed through the Soviet Union's labor camps in their more than 60 years of operation. This remarkable volume describes how, largely under Stalin's watch, a regulated, centralized system of prison labor-unprecedented in scope-gradually arose out of the chaos of the Russian Revolution."
"Marx and Engels were the first proponents of genocide. The National Socialism of Hitler and the Soviet Socialism of Lenin and Stalin were based on systematic mass murder. The film traces the implementation of these ideas which led to the deaths of over one hundred million persons. Particularly revealing is the close ideological partnership of the bloody Nazi and Soviet regimes."
"Stalin's grand strategy leading up to World War II grew from Vladimir Lenin's belief that if World War I did not ignite the worldwide Communist revolution, then a second world war would be needed to achieve it. Stalin saw Nazi Germany as the power that would fight and weaken capitalist countries so that Soviet armies could then sweep across Europe."
"Alexander Yakovlev estimates that 60 million citizens were killed during the Soviet years and millions more died of starvation. His work brings into sharp focus the facts and events of the Soviet Union's legacy of terror."
"R. J. Rummel lists and analyzes hundreds of published estimates, presenting them in the historical context in which they occurred. His shocking conclusion is that, conservatively calculated, 61,911,000 people were systematically killed by the Communist regime from 1917 to 1987."
"Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry: dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and collectivization, the abolition of private ownership of land and the concentration of the remaining peasants in party-controlled "collective" farms."
"The definitive work on Stalin's purges, Robert Conquest's The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. Now, with the advent of glasnost, an avalanche of new material is available, and Conquest has mined this enormous cache to write a substantially new edition of his classic work."
"It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the north-eastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their hopes and plans extending no further than a few hours."
"One of the most important books I have ever read. Discover master manipulator Willi Muenzenberg's Gramscian attempt to capture the culture and mind of the West for his Soviet masters. Details extensive cooperation between intelligence services of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union."
"In a book that will force the revision of fifty years of scholarship and reporting on the Cold War, award-winning journalists Joseph Albright and Marcia Kunstel reveal for the first time a devastatingly effective Soviet spy network that infiltrated the Manhattan Project and ferried America's top atomic secrets to Stalin."
"The Soviet Tragedy is an essential coda to the literature of Soviet studies...Insofar as [he] returns the power of ideology to its central place in Soviet history, Malia has made an enormous contribution. He has written the history of a utopian illusion and the tragic consequences it had for the people of the Soviet Union and the world." -- David Remnick, The New York Review of Books"
"This is the essay that overthrew the socialist paradigm in economics, and provided the foundation for modern Austrian price theory. When it first appeared in 1920, Mises was alone in challenging the socialists to explain how their pricing system would actually work in practice. Available online at Mises.org"
"In 1920, Ludwig von Mises proclaimed that all attempts to establish socialism would not work, for reasons of informational efficiency. Because of the absence of a market-based pricing system of profit and loss, socialism could not perform the necessary economic calculation to survive. The Soviets turned to economic parasitism through espionage, theft, and expropriation of technology from the West."
"Details how the US supplied war material and top secret materials (such as classified patents on weaponry and raw uranium) to the USSR during World War II to build the Soviet Military-Industrial Complex. As with Saddam Husein and Iraq, we know the Soviets had "weapons of mass destruction," we have the receipts."