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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Look into the Heart of Soviet Darkness, July 5, 2010
This review is from: Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina (Hoover Institution Press Publication) (Hardcover)
This concise gem of a work relates the gradual, tortuously prolonged destruction by Joseph Stalin of Nicolai Bukharin--a humanly fallible but idealistic Russian revolutionary. It fascinates with its vivid, chilling picture of the wily, cunning, serpentine nature of Stalin's modus operandi and his diabolic ability to read his opponents and play patiently and masterfully on their weaknesses or scruples. It is a mesmerizing account of what happens when a creature of pure evil, single-minded in the pursuit of total power, opposes other human beings--not just the hapless Bukharin--who are not so selfishly or malignly focussed.

The book's short, meaty chapters enhance its readability and facilitate understanding of a complex series of events. It is rare that a scholar and authority at Gregory's level is able to present a historical narrative so clearly and compellingly to lay readers.
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Initial post: Jul 23, 2010 10:03:32 AM PDT
I listened to a 1-hour interview with the author, conducted by economist Russ Roberts.
The interview was one of the best I've ever heard; several other people left comments to that effect on Russ's website.
If you'd like to hear it (brief, abridged transcription is also posted to the site), look at:
http://www.econtalk.org/archives/2010/07/gregory_on_poli.html
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