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An excorcism for Amis,
This review is from: Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million (Hardcover)
This is a very, very readable book. Students of Russian history will find nothing factually new here but other readers will gain a terrifying insight into the mind of Josef Stalin, or 'Koba'. My only gripe was that it seemed at times a personal excorcism of Amis's own youthful socialist leanings. The author works hard to link Soviet communist brutality with 'indulgent' western socialist apathy during the life-span of the USSR. This is not necessarily a wasted expedition in itself but seems out of place in a book that aims to help us 'know' the real Stalin and the impact his clearly sociopathic personality had on millions of lives. All in all though a book certainly worth owning.