For those interested or curious about the format of this book, it's not your typical chapter-based book. Rather it is a VAST collection of stories submitted by survivors and witnesses. Some of them are very short, being a paragraph or two of powerful testimony, and some are detailed 20-page stories. Each 'collection' of stories are broken up by the country from which they occurred in. The end areas are slightly more broad in what they cover however it's all pertinent to Soviet suffering.
The impact it will have on you will be a lasting one, it's difficult to describe, but you will think about these true events long after you are done with the book. They will be permanently implanted into your psyche. For example, the account of the staggering events at Babi Yar in the Ukraine describe so poignantly what happened at the ravine that day, your heart hurts. It is merely one story in this tome of horrors.
There is, however, one complaint I have with this book. It is not regarding content, it is about the editing of the book. It is littered with grammar errors - far more than an average book. There is a glaring mistake probably once every three or four pages. Words are misspelled or entirely forgotten causing a stutter in the sentence. The editor, David Patterson, is apparently a professor and yet his grammar is horrible. If you're reading this David, send me a copy of the manuscript - I'll edit it for you, free of charge.