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The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine Paperback – November 12, 1987
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"A fine, thoroughly documented full-dress historical study of this genocidal campaign. Conquest grabs his reader at the start."--National Review
"Vital to understanding 'Stalin's revolution.'"--Patrick J. Rollins, Old Dominion University
"The Harvest of Sorrow is not just a heroic work of scholarship, but an embarrassment to Mikhail Gorbachev and an antidote to wishful thinking about the Soviet Union."*
"Essential reading for those who wish to understand the nature of the Soviet system...likely to become a classic."The Wall Street Journal
"The Harvest of Sorrow is essential reading for those who wish to understand the nature of the Soviet system, and like Mr. Conquest's earlier account of Stalin's purges of the 1930s, The Great Terror, it is likely to become a classic."--The Wall Street Journal
"The most comprehensive history of the Soviet agricultural crisis....Also the most vivid portrayal of one of the great crimes against humanity of the twentieth century."--American Historical Review
"The first major scholarly book on the horrors [of Soviet collectivization]....Conquest has succeeded in restoring [the peasants'] human faces."--Time
"A very good book of its kind."--T.E. Smuck, University of Hawaii
"A superb book on a fascinating topic."--Bruce F. Adams, University of Louisville
"A superb book on one of the most important questions in Soviet history."--Herbert Ellison, University of Washington
"Excellent....It contains information on the Stalinist era, especially the consequences of collectivization, unavailable in any other book on Soviet society."--L.M. Kowal, University of Michigan
"[A] superb work of history."--Newsweek
"Meticulously researched...Robert Conquest presents a chilling account of Stalin's regime cold bloodedly killing twenty million of its own subjects."--The Washington Post Book World
"Powerful and well-documented."--The New Republic
"An excellent book....It is an eye-opener about a period of Soviet history that has been systematically falsified and ignored too often."--Steven M. Miner, Ohio University
"A carefully researched and superbly written study. It deals with a period, and a set of problems, that rank among the most important (and most neglected) of Soviet historical studies."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A comprehensive record of what may stand as the crime of the century."--The Chicago Tribune
"Brilliant and brutal. Should be required reading for all of Gorbachev's apologists."--John C.K. Daly, Kansas State University
"Absolutely essential to an understanding of the Soviet Union....Meticulously researched and well-written and the only comprehensive study of the appalling tragedy which befell in the Ukraine during collectivization."--Charles W. Chappius, Chicago State University
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When the system failed, Stalin and his henchmen became obsessed with finding the "enemy" who was holding everything back. The enemy became the mostly fictitious group of people called "kulaks," theoretically prosperous peasants who were holding back the masses and the glorious Soviet future. Since these people mostly didn't exist, the regime had to invent them. Therefore any peasant who had one more cow, one more acre, and was slightly less emaciated than everyone else was branded as a kulak and eliminated. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people were condemned for life in this insanity.Read more ›
Conquest details this horror, chapter and verse, of Stalin's collectivization of agriculture in the Ukraine. He shows the Communist ideal for what it is, a fraud, and this is why we don't see this event chronicled on a weekly basis. We have too many people in the media in America who are seemingly ignorant, or who wish to turn their heads to the truth, of what actually happened. We still have the "Walter Duranty types" among us who would seek to distribute misinformation to the public in order to keep the collectivist ideal alive. It makes you wonder what it takes for people to get the message?
This book points out how Duranty was given a Pulitzer Prize for his misreporting from the Soviet Union, in the early 30's, that the famine and genocide in the Ukraine were virtually non-existent. That this cur and toady of Stalin, for 14 years the voice to America from Moscow, has not had his Pulitzer prize retroactively recalled tells you something about those who award the Pulitzer prize.Read more ›
This book is hard to put down as it combines excellent writing with a gripping if true and gruesome story. Conquest gives the men, women, and children that vanished a loud and clear voice without loosing sight of the larger political context. He demonstrates the deadly consequences of individual actions and individual inactions that killed the farmers of the Ukrainian "bread basket." The story has a chilling echo in more recent events in Rwanda, Kosovo, China, and North-Korea.
Was sown with bones
And watered with blood
For a harvest of sorrow
On the land of Rus.
- _The Armament of Igor_.
_The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivizaton and the Terror-Famine_, first published in 1986, by historian Robert Conquest is an excellent accounting of the horrors of the Soviet state unleashed upon the Russian peasantry by the Soviet Communist Party between 1929 and 1933. Robert Conquest is a British historian who early on joined the Communist Party and fought in World War II; however, after seeing firsthand the horrors of Soviet communism he became an anti-communist. In this book a detailed accounting of the more than 14.5 million deaths (more than the total number of deaths from all countries involved in World War I) that resulted directly from policies sanctioned by the Soviet Communist Party is detailed. Such policies as dekulakization, collectivization, and the "terror-famine" in the Ukraine had drastic consequences for those living under this oppressive and horrendous regime. Further, many Western intellectuals turned a blind eye to these atrocities because of their support for this horrendous and ungodly ideology. Even today many continue to deny such crimes occurred among the communists, while at the same time a repeated accounting is made of Nazi and fascist crimes. For those who believe that Soviet communism was a just and noble endeavor, a book like this is certainly sobering. Through painstaking research, Robert Conquest unveils the horrors behind Soviet communism.
Conquest begins by noting the importance of Ukrainian nationalism, feared by the Soviets, and comparing the atrocities of communism to those of the other totalitarian ideologies of the twentieth century, Nazism and fascism.Read more ›
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Very good book, and very useful in the study of Russian history.Published 25 days ago by Judy Walker
slow read but worth knowing about . can't believe so called intelligent americans fell for Stalins' utopian collectivist society. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Robert E. Marsico Sr.
Conquest takes the reader into a dark, deep journey inside the Stalinist state. He illustrates the destruction of a society which produced in abundance and to excess prior to the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Husker005
An interesting book about the failure of communism in the USSR during the 1920's and '30's as the government forced people onto collective farms, stole their grain, their animals,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jonathan A. Titus
The present day (2015) conflict between Russia and the Ukraine has deep seated roots that have a long history. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Fred Camfield
Heartbreaking read. The evil that shattered the Ukraine & Russia has taken up residence in the USA. They'll do the same here if we don't take a stand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
PERHAPS THE MOST READABLE REVIEW OF THE PROCESS OF COLLECTIVIZATION AVAILABLE. BUT UNTIL THE VERY END CHAPTERS WE DO NOT LEARN IN A DOWN TO EARTH WAY OF THE INHUMAN AND CRUEL... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer