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Superb and engaging read on a crucial and under-represented period of 20th Century history
on 24 December 2017
Exemplary book on a period of history (a particular focus on the years immediately after WWII) that often receives comparatively scant attention, since there is almost a prevailing narrative of a simple transition from the chaos of WWII to a gradual formation of Communist Bloc until its dissolution with the fall of the Berlin wall and the subsequent economic liberalisation of the countries involved. Yet this period of history is as horrifying, fascinating, tangled, and every bit as complex as the events of WWII, and the ideological indoctrination and terror of the Stalinist Soviet regime arguably as complete as that under Nazi Germany.
This is a meticulously researched book that is obviously the result of painstaking effort and care, but perhaps most importantly it is a brilliant, riveting and timely read in our current era that occasionally likes to delude itself - dangerously - into thinking we are somehow living in a "post-ideological" world, now immunised from the allure of toxic political regimes that purport simple solutions to complex problems.
Engrossing: thoroughly recommended.