The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.
"Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experienceâe"in the China of "the Great Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin's destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao's Red Guards.
As the death toll mountsâe"as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and onâe"the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.
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Review: The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (Black Book of Communism #1-2)User Review - Mary Catelli - Goodreads
This is not light reading. An extensive look at the violence and mass murder of Communism. The Soviet Union gets the largest chunk, followed by China, but there's more. On Eastern Europe. On North ... Read full review
The Crimes of Communism
Paradoxes and Misunderstandings Surrounding
The Iron Fist of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
The Red Terror
The Dirty War
From Tambov to the Great Famine
The Comintern in Action
The Shadow of the NKVD in Spain
A Long March into Night
Crimes Terror and Secrecy in North Korea
The Impasse of War Communism
The Country of Disconcerting Crimes
Communism in Latin America
Ethiopia Angola and Mozambique
Communism in Afghanistan