The Crimes of Stalin: Now Forgotten More Than Ever?
From Reason’s 2010 books of the year list, a mighty anecdote about Robert Conquest regarding the forgotten crimes of Stalin:
When the historian Robert Conquest was asked to provide a subtitle for a new, post-Cold War edition of his book on Stalin’s purges, he suggested, “I told you so, you fucking fools.”
The anecdote is joined to praise of the book “Bloodlands”, a chilling and exhaustive look at the space between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, including Poland and the Ukraine, between 1929-1945.
I will also praise Timothy Snyder’s “Bloodlands”, though it is certainly not for the squeamish. Snyder holds nothing back in describing the horrific rapine, famine, torture and slaughter endemic in this area.
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