The Time of Stalin: Portrait of a Tyranny

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The Time of Stalin: Portrait of a Tyranny

By A. V. Antonov-Ovseyenko
Harper, 1981
374 pp. $19.95

In a narrative which burns with hatred, a survivor of Stalin's prisons and gulags recites in detail individual and collective crimes by which Stalin "surpassed all the infamous despots of history." Not all the charges are verifiable, not all the conversations could have been precisely as given, but we scarcely need mountains of new evidence to confirm the conclusions. In an epilogue the author discusses how Stalin and Stalinism have been dealt with, or evaded, by his successors.

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