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21 July 2001
Beria is one of the most fascinating figures to emerge from Stalinism. On the one hand he was a mass murderer and sadistic spymaster while after Stalin's death he was the first to push for reform and released millions from the Gulag. This fascinating autobiography glosses over Beria's cruelty and portrays him as the man with a vision of a democratic and free Soviet Union. Sergo Beria met all the major Soviet leaders of the 1930's and 40's and gives a vivid account of the paranoia, fear and intrigue of the nomenklatura including Stalin's children( Stalin wanted him to marry his daughter Svetlana), Khrushchev and others. He shows that they were all guilty of horrific crimes including Khrushchev who ordered the massacre of vast numbers of Ukrainians and was ultimately responsible for Beria's execution.The book comes with excellent notes to help distinguish between the facts and the myths that Sergo Beria is trying to put forward. A must for all people interested in Soviet history.
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3.3 out of 5 stars