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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

During Stalin's reign of terror, 25 million people were either shot by execution squads, or were gulag prisoners, were kulaks sent to special settlements, or were slave laborers. These 'repressed ... Read full review

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User Review  - William345 - LibraryThing

There's a quote by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn that Steven Pinker uses in Better Angels of Our Nature: Macbeth's self-justifications were feeble--and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - labfs39 - LibraryThing

Many of the books written about life during Stalin's reign are gulag survivor stories. Little has been written about everyday Soviet life during the years 1930-1953. Even less has been written about ... Read full review

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User Review  - marwanbadri - LibraryThing

The Whisperers describes the lives of ordinary Russians under the ruthless totalitarian regime of Stalin. Although the extensive details make the book a sad reading, they also show its importance in ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Rahime - Goodreads

Loved it. Original research into a fascinating topic, well-written, a great read all around. I especially liked the insights into the psychological aspects of living in such a repressive society, being a victim of repression, or being the instigator of or a participant in the repression. Read full review

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User Review  - John Crane - Goodreads

Loved it. Figes really looks at history through a different lens. I found myself making interesting comparisons to the Holocaust - especially with regard to the lives of those that returned from the gulags. The book does, however, just peter out at the end. Highly recommended. Read full review

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User Review  - Bill - Goodreads

Incredibly sad stories, well written, very hard to finish. Read full review

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User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

This book is an incredible achievement. It seamlessly weaves narrative history with the personal intimate histories of individuals and families, showing how the larger historical events impacted ... Read full review

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User Review  - Andrea - Goodreads

Compelling and well-written; I'm a Soviet history buff and this book hit the spot for me. This was a fascinating look at the personal effects of Stalin's policies. Read full review

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