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Ritual of Liquidation: the Case of the Moscow Trials
Ritual of Liquidation: the Case of the Moscow Trials
By Nathan Leites and Elsa Bernaut
Free Press, 1954, 515 pp

An impressive and searching, if not always persuasive, analysis of the background and proceedings of the great Soviet trials of 1936, 1937 and 1938 in an effort to comprehend the weird phenomenon of political confession. In the course of this analysis the authors bring forth a great deal of illuminating information on Bolshevist doctrine and mentality.