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The Great Terror: A Reassessment | [Robert Conquest]

The Great Terror: A Reassessment

The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.
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The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.

Under the light of fresh evidence, it is remarkable how many of Conquest's most disturbing conclusions have been verified. Many details have also been added, including hitherto secret information on the three great "Moscow Trials", the purge of writers and other members of the intelligentsia, life in the labor camps, and many other key matters.

Both a leading Sovietologist and a highly respected poet, Conquest blends profound research with evocative prose to create a compelling and eloquent chronicle of one of the 20th century's most tragic events.

©1990 Robert Conquest; (P)1992 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] terrifying record from the best of all commentators on Stalin's USSR." (Star-Ledger, Newark)
"[A] broad, well-documented portrayal....This remains an essential source." (Library Journal)

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    Matt Palatine, IL, USA 07-01-09
    Matt Palatine, IL, USA 07-01-09
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    "Compelling and Devestating"

    It's easy to dismiss cold war mindset as "unreasoning paranoia" on the part of Mr. and Mrs. Middle America and opportunistic politicians like Joe McCarthy, but there was a reason why every President from Truman through Reagan regarded the Soviet Union with great suspicion, and that was its own demonstrated cruelty to its own people. Stalin's successors, to their credit, did much to dismantle the terror machine that Stalin and Lenin built, but its shadow still looms over the Russians today.

    23 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Prairie Village, KS, United States 03-19-12
    Larry Prairie Village, KS, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2002

    Ancient Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor

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    Robert Conquest fought a guerilla war against totalitatian communism in the halls of acedemia after the Second Word War. The academinc establishment was giving a free pass to monstrous regimes because they happened to seated on the correct side of the aisle. In the first edition this book was seen as blatantly slanted and misguided. His sources suspect. After the fall of the Soviet and access to the KGB material and other secret archives was available, Mr. Conquest was vindicated, but the event was marked by mostly silence from the left.

    This is an updated edition, taking full advantage of all the material that came to ligtht when the KGB archives were opened. You owe it to yourself to read this book. Remember what can happen when you lose trust in your neighbors and the State holds all the cards. Remember what results when madmen are allowed free reign in the name of 'progress'.

    This is a big book. It needs to be. The sheer scale of what happened is difficult to comprehend, even today.

    Frederick Davidson gives a clear and crisp reading. I can hear Conquest's humanity come through. Nicely done!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    "An Excellent Piece of Research"

    Superb account of one of the most disturbing events of the 20th century

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 03-27-13
    Michael Moore Bay Area, CA USA 03-27-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Stalin's Gangster State"

    It is hard for anyone who has grown up in fortunate circumstances in the West to grasp on a gut level the full horror of the Soviet Union under Stalin. This book lays bare in excruciating detail the workings of an unscrupulous leader who was crude, vicious, vile and ruthless. Unfortunately, he was also clever and resourceful enough to achieve near absolute power in the Soviet Union by 1938. Stalin and those he advanced in the Communist Party knew no bounds. He ordered the murders of former close associates; directed his secret police to extract false confessions from prisoners by torture in order to persecute them in “show trials” or to justify their summary execution after review by a corrupted kangaroo court. On a broader scale his program in the early ‘30s to collectivize agriculture led to massive famines, terrorist shootings and deportations that caused the deaths of millions. Later in the ‘30s the arbitrary arrests and forced confessions of his purges and campaigns against so-called “diversionists, spies, and Trotskyites” led to prison and death for further millions in the now infamous “archipelago” of labor camps.

    The aim in all this was two-fold: eliminate all possible rivals to Stalin for supreme power in the Soviet Union and to force the public into compliance with directives from above through a regime of terror. Apparently, Stalin as well as others in the top echelons of the Bolshevik Party justified these methods to themselves, at least in part, as necessary for the greater good of moving society toward the ideal state envisioned by Marxist-Leninist theory. A criminal clique with vast political power who can justify their murders and cruelties by means of an extremist creed that squelches all qualms of conscience or moral restraint is a dangerous and fearful prospect. That certainly was the case in the Soviet Union from the 1930’s until Stalin’s death in 1953.

    That said, this book reads more like an encyclopedia or a catalogue of crimes rather than a vivid account of individual horror stories. It does a good job of describing and documenting the overall scope of the horrors perpetrated by the Stalin regime and to some extent continued by his successors. It is not, however, great literature in the sense of graphically depicting life under these regimes. “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” does that far better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Holland, TX, United States 11-16-13
    Jim Holland, TX, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2010

    Jumps on his bed while licking the bottom of one foot. He persists in this life affirming act despite interference from the head nurse.

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    This is a lousy book to listen to or read. From what I understand Mr. Conquest deserves credit for writing the truth about Stalin long before other would. That said, his writing is an expanse of obscure facts and names, following one after another, chapter after chapter, filling an ocean with boredom. Skip this one boys and girls.

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    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 09-10-13
    brian cincinnati, OH, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about The Great Terror?

    The new information it gave.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Great Terror?

    I'm afraid I can't pick one.


    Have you listened to any of Frederick Davidson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I hadn't before.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Let the Truth be Revealed.


    Any additional comments?

    I must have for anyone studying Stalin and the USSR in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher HAMBURG, MN, United States 08-20-13
    Christopher HAMBURG, MN, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2011

    Something!?

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    "Great content, lousy execution (no-pun intended)"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    History buff with a bit of insomnia- Great content best left to read it without the narration.


    Did Frederick Davidson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No- cross between a British butler and a robot


    What character would you cut from The Great Terror?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Content is fascinating however, the narration is painful to listen to.
    I love the brits -but having a monotone British Butler as the narrator is just dreadful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celina Nichols Louisville, Kentucky United States 01-08-13
    Celina Nichols Louisville, Kentucky United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book with reservations. It does a very god job of explaining things that I saw and heard while I lived in Russia. Jokes finally made sense! On the other hand, as a librarian and a scholar, I had major problems with this work. It lacked objectivity and several facts have since been proven to be false.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Frederick Davidson?

    The narrator mispronounced a lot of words. I found it very difficult to stay in the "story" because I frequently missed pieces while I mentally translated the words into Russian.


    Did The Great Terror inspire you to do anything?

    This book inspired me to look for the primary source materials and to learn more about the various people mentioned.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is strongest when it presents the bare facts of different events and when it quotes official documents. For now I recommend the book, but I am looking for something better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Heard 10-09-10
    D. Heard 10-09-10 Member Since 2008

    yes yes yes

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    "Oh My"

    I tried several times to listen to this book and found the on going litiny of names who survived and then later put to death was exhausting.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful
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