8 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Interesting stuff, but not a light summer read.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times - Soviet Russia in the 1930s (Hardcover)
If you want to learn about Joseph Stalin, try something else. Surprisingly, Stalin is reduced to a bit player in this book; the real players here are the bureaucrats staking out their territory and enforcing their small visions of the ideal Soviet society, and ordinary citizens denouncing other citizens for the smallest of gains. Changes resulting from the occasional fiat from on high - although almost never from Stalin himself, who protected his cult of personality by speaking only in the most general of terms - are examined, but the real meat is the lasting damage done by peers and government lackies.
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