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The Secret History of Stalin's Crimes
The Secret History of Stalin's Crimes
By Alexander Orlov
Random House, 1953, 366 pp.

A former NKVD official gives his account of the great purges of the 1930's, which he interprets as a pure frame-up from start (Kirov's murder) to finish. A significant, though at many points unverifiable, addition to our knowledge of this weird convulsion.