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Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 (Hoover Inst Press Publication)
Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 (Hoover Inst Press Publication)
by Marc Jansen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a diminutive cuckolded, alcoholic and a torturer, lackey and mass murderer, 8 Nov. 2006
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.


The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag
by Kang Chol-Hwan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frightening and Horrific, 8 Nov. 2006
The story of a family heading towards almost total destruction by their own naive faith in communism. That, and an amazing and sometimes beautiful tale of hardship, escape and the dignity of the human spirit in hellish and brutal circumstances.

If you in any way interested in North Korean or North Asian politics, then this first hand story should be on your reading list. Even if you're not, and you want an insight into humanity somehow surviving a boot stamping on a human face seemingly forever and ever, then read this.


Man Is Wolf To Man: Surviving Stalin's Gulag
Man Is Wolf To Man: Surviving Stalin's Gulag
by Janusz Bardach
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly Moving, 8 Nov. 2006
Profoundly moving, an amazing escape story, and an utter indictment of the real world effects of communism put into practice.


Stalin and His Hangmen: An Authoritative Portrait of a Tyrant and Those Who Served Him
Stalin and His Hangmen: An Authoritative Portrait of a Tyrant and Those Who Served Him
by Donald Rayfield
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An appaling catalogue of crime., 2 Jun. 2006
Brilliantly researched. I came fairly new to the subject of Stalin and his regime, and found this to be a horrifying, gripping and easily read introduction. Rayfield cleverly uses portraits of Stalin's homicidal lackeys to intertwine his biography of the monster himself, whilst creating a flowing historical narrative of Soviet crime.


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