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Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime Paperback – April 4, 1995
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It was the western media, more than anything else that we had to thank for that. It was dominated by leftists, many of them (as hard as this is the believe) actually in the pay of, or beholden to, Russia. Those who weren't were hopelessly and wilfully blind. For me, one of the greatest mysteries of the 20th Century was how so many people came to be so thoroughly duped by a murderous gang of thugs who had hijacked the Russian people and sought to take over the world. How was it possible? Pipes tells this story.
And he pulls no punches. He comes from the Thucydidean school of history. He is absolutely unafraid to pass judgement. The first part of the book covers the Russian Civil war from 1918 - 1920. This strange, complex struggle still has yet to have a book length study devoted to it. But Pipes provides the reader with more than enough.
Like Conquest, Pipes is at pains to point out that there was nothing at all organic about the Russian Revolution. It was more of a coup d'etat, stage managed by a tiny cadre of Bolsheviks who had the army on their side. The workers and the peasants, and this is CRUCIAL for our understanding of what happened, had literally NOTHING to do with it.Read more ›
Richard Pipes does an excellent job of providing the reader with a comprehensive view of the early regime - few topics go untouched. More importantly, this book is based on a large amount of factual, documented information, some of which has been made available by the recently opened archives in Russia.
This is one of the most authoritative books I have read about the Soviet Union. In the words of the person who recommended it to me - "You'll understand nothing about the Soviet Union if you haven't read this book."
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extremely well written, a very complicated history and lots to absorb. great for history buffsPublished 11 days ago by merrel wilkenfeld
well written and very readable. explains a lot about the development of the Russian psyche.Published 9 months ago by darlene m bielecki
In depth study of the Russia Revolution. Very well written.Published 12 months ago by Howard L. Rubenfield
This book is so comprehensive - and so readable. I could not put it down. Nothing will ever beat Richard Pipes and his books on history of Russia & USSR......Published 13 months ago by Paul Dubsky
This book presented a lot of information that I was unaware of. Although written in a scholarly style, the evidence of Communist bloody drive to power scared me.Published on November 22, 2013 by Robert Guzzardi
The question I had before I picked up this volume, was "How could the Bolsheviks prevail after their Moscow-centric revolution when they held so little land, there were so many... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
You can't beat Richard Pipes for dealing out the information in a clear, organized way. He cuts nobody any slack--Bolsheviks are criminals and that's that. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by Mary Raber