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History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks Hardcover – December 16, 2008
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YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2009
HARDCOVER, $38.00, 308 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ABBREVIATIONS, NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX
Russia had been one of the greatest success stories of the capitalist world in the decade leading up to World War I. War and wartime inflation undermined the government's legitimacy, however, and led to power falling into the hands of increasingly radical elements, ending up with Lenin. The Bolshevik takeover led to the near paralysis of the Russian economy. In the midst of the world's largest forest, the Bolsheviks were soon running out of paper to print their decrees, propaganda, and currency. What did they have to sell to buy imported weapons to help them stay in power? In a powerful and surprising new book, HISTORY'S GREATEST HEIST: THE LOOTING OF RUSSIA BY THE BOLSHEVIKS, author Sean McMeekin makes a powerful and surprising argument that Lenin and his followers imposed a policy of looting the national treasures that Russia had amassed over the centuries. Those treasures consisted of gold, silver, and precious jewelry on a massive scale. This didn't prove as immediately successful as the Bolshevik braintrust had hoped. For example, "inventory shrinkage" proved a problem. When Lenin and Trotsky called for mobs to sack the local landowners, bourgeois households, and churches and send the loot to Moscow, the amount received wasn't as lucrative as expected. Rather a large percentage seemed to stick to the fingers of local Bolshevik operatives. The author shows in this formidably documented, morally impassioned book that the Bolsheviks could have never survived their first years in power without the cooperation of Western governments, industrialists, and financiers.Read more ›
This book has these main great qualities:
1- About the massive robbering of "Soviet" people by the Marxists and dooming of a first class economy, this book is great.
2- This book clear shows how developed and rich was Russian under tzardom. And how genocidal and failured was Bolshvism.
3- We see how bankers were ever looking for to be friends of Marxists, if they became rich with this process.
4- The main use of gold, platinum, art,etc. robbed by the Bolshevists was to buy weapons and use these weapons later to enslave and exterminate Russian, Ucranians, etc. later.
5- The fact that Sweden and Baltic states were helping Lenin's tyranny is clearly showed, in this book.
6- The imbecility of England's premier David Lloyd George(1863 - 1945) in supporting Bolshevism and dooming the British Empire, in exchange of Bolshevik's orders of weapons, executive aircraft, Limousines,etc. is clearly showed in this book.
7- The fact that Marxists such as Lenin, Trotsky, etc. were in limousines, mansions, ec. while "Soviet" people was dyeing of famine is remembered in this book.
There's some problems in this book that lead me to give four stars for it:
1- About Lenin's syphillis that made Lenin completely mad, years before the Russian Revolution and later killed that mad tyrant, there's nothing in this book.
2- About the fact that massive amount of Soviet Union's money went to support Nazi Party, there's nothing in this book. This book remembers that Kurt von Schleicher 1882 - 1934) was a Soviet agent and gave Germany's power to Hitler in 1933, creating the Third Reich.Read more ›
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"History's Greatest Heist" by Sean McMeekin is the history of the Bolshevik seizure of assets of Russian (and other) citizens after the Russian Revolution. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Kennedy
I really liked this book despite is pedantic approach to factual detail. The cravenness of the swedish government is worth noting in terms of laundering, as it were, the gold... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely incredibly interesting book with unbelievably interesting detailed information on the economy of the early Bolshevik state. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mario Corsario
Excellent book! Everyone should read this book. It is incredible that we know so much about the holocaust but nothing of the depredations of the communist in Russia. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Fat cat
This book describes in detail every step of socialist plunder of Russian people. Anyone interested in learning what socialists are preparing for American people should read this... Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Eric
This a scary and sobering book about what happens when a group of lunatics masquerading as human-rights activists, progressives, and friends of the people manage to succeed in... Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by GEMI
A detailed yet readable book on how the Soviets took over Russia's financial, cultural & artistic heritage at the Russian Revolution. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Bagelchip
So many interesting books are now being written about Russia. The "collapse" of the Soviet Union sounds less and less like that---and more like a great peoples getting their lives... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by anonymous