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This review is from: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia (Paperback)
I recently purchased this book for a family member who is studying History at postgraduate level. I began to read it and I must say it reads extremely well but what I missed as a non historian was some background information about the main players in the revolution i.e. Stalin , Lenin , Trotsky and the others. Certainly the first chapter was very absorbing abd engrosing and I read it non stop for several hours. Having experienced the Iranian revolution I could understand some of the behaviour of the characters described and felt sympathy for them. I think Mr Figes is fair in his book and explains why the revolutionaries behaved as they did and writes a good description of their noble aims. I have always believed that the failure of the revolution can be put down to human falibility, mistakes, and in some cases lack of checks and balances that can exist in totaliterian regimes.