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Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Ann - Goodreads

Highly recommended for anyone interested in Soviet social history. This is not a political history of the purges, murders, and Gulag system of slave labor per se, although they play a large part in ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

Wow. I initially read this book for a book review assignment while at university studying history. I was blown away by it. You can't help but be aghast at some of the things you learn while reading ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Tomi - Goodreads

Wow. What a powerful book. Figes explains why Stalin was so successful in controlling a huge nation. He uses archival material, diaries, and interviews to show how miserable life in Soviet Russia was ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Andrew-Mario Hart-Grana - Goodreads

This is a Master Piece. It is the product of years of thorough research and what makes it fascinating is the wide use of oral sources, apart from traditional written ones. Figes' work is also a ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Loring Wirbel - Goodreads

Orlando Figes is simply the number one go-to guy for histories of modern Russia, whether cultural ('Natasha's Dance') or political ('A People's Tragedy'). Nevertheless, I postponed diving into ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - AC - Goodreads

A very interesting book; parts of it are very moving. I found the explanation for the Terror in Ch. 8 quite persuasive (see * below). OTOH, it is really not necessary to publish 700 page books that ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Carol Harrison - Goodreads

656 pages later, I finally finished. I rated this book as amazing because not only has it been painstakingly researched over a period of many years, but it is very readable and fascinating all the way ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - sage - Goodreads

The yay: 4 1/2 stars. This book is an epic undertaking of recovering and reclaiming an era of Soviet history that was denied -- despite personal experience -- for decades. It gives an amazing, often ... Read full review

Review: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia

User Review  - Michael Griswold - Goodreads

Orlando Figes in "The Whispers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia" is a weighty tome on private life in Stalin's Russia. As Figes himself mentions, Stalin is not the subject of the book, but exists ... Read full review

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