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a diminutive cuckolded, alcoholic and a torturer, lackey and mass murderer,
This review is from: Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 (Hoover Inst Press Publication) (Paperback)
In the pantheon of characters produced by Soviet communism one might expect Ezhov to warrent a series of exciting and interesting biographies. After all, he was a diminutive cuckolded, alcoholic and a torturer, lackey and mass murderer who was then murdered himself.
However, Jansen's academic prose, lists of figures and dates do little to bring one of communism's worst criminals to life.
If you are seriously researching the subject of Stalin era Soviet Russia then I would highly recommend this biography, if your interest is less clinical, then look elsewhere.