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Former People: The Last Days of the Russian Aristocracy,
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This book has been a long time coming, and it was worth the wait. Douglas Smith has continued in the tradition of Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag Archipelago, but focused on the fate of the former aristocrats, and their vicious persecution at the hands of Stalin. I was intrigued at the way the Bolsheviks decried the culture of the Former People, as they classified them, and their lavish lifestyles, yet as soon as they were ejected from their palaces and estates, the Bolsheviks moved in!!! I admired the way that they accepted their fate without undue complaint and tried to adapt to the new way of life under communism. They displayed strong, loving family ties and a committed work ethic. None of this, however, saved them from their fate, as former aristocrats and landowners they were destined to be destroyed.