A superb and chilling analysis of the Stalinist soul through the characters and barbarities of its hangmen -- Daily Telegraph
A thorough study of the half a dozen men who made the USSR a hell on earth for three decades -- Guardian
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A marvellous book uncovering the behind the scenes truth of a terrifying regime.I could not put it down.Published 7 months ago by Stephen Davies
Read this and understand just how much damage a manipulative psychopath can do !Published 10 months ago by Hector macLeod
A world of evil men and women. Just like Hitler, madman Stalin corrupted and influenced many people who, otherwise, might have led decent lives. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by Claymore
Jews were disproportionately at the forefront of the "RED TERROR." A coincidence of course! Yet to utter one word on this touchy subject would have one labelled an anti - Semite or... Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2011 by J. Owens
The names of the leading Nazis of the Thirties and Forties (Hitler, Goering, Himmler, Heydrich et al) are familiar enough to most of us; the names of their Soviet counterparts are... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2011 by ken burnett
This book is the last word on the men that kept Stalin in power for so many years and I doubt this book could ever be bettered. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2009 by Rufus
Rayfield writes fluidly and concisely carrying the reader through at as steady pace through the Principle characters of Stalins regime. Read morePublished on 24 July 2009 by Splisbury
Despite my familiarity with reading about the horrors of Stalin's rule, I found this a more than usually deeply depressing read, though interesting in shedding light on the... Read morePublished on 21 Dec. 2007 by John Hopper
D. Rayfield's book gives us sharp portraits of Stalin himself as well as his hangmen Dzier¿yñky, Vychinski, Iagoda, Ezhov and Beria. Read morePublished on 11 Aug. 2006 by Luc REYNAERT