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Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

"Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience―in the China of "the Great Helmsman," Kim Il Sung''s Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin''s destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu''s leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao''s Red Guards.

As the death toll mounts―as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on―the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.

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When it was first published in France in 1997, Le livre noir du Communisme touched off a storm of controversy that continues to rage today. Even some of his contributors shied away from chief editor conclusion that Communism, in all its many forms, was morally no better than Nazism; the two totalitarian systems, Courtois argued, were far better at killing than at governing, as the world learned to its sorrow.

Communism did kill, Courtois and his fellow historians demonstrate, with ruthless efficiency: 25 million in Russia during the Bolshevik and Stalinist eras, perhaps 65 million in China under the eyes of Mao Zedong, 2 million in Cambodia, millions more Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America--an astonishingly high toll of victims. This freely expressed penchant for homicide, Courtois maintains, was no accident, but an integral trait of a philosophy, and a practical politics, that promised to erase class distinctions by erasing classes and the living humans that populated them. Courtois and his contributors document Communism''s crimes in numbing detail, moving from country to country, revolution to revolution. The figures they offer will likely provoke argument, if not among cliometricians then among the ideologically inclined. So, too, will Courtois''s suggestion that those who hold Lenin, Trotsky, and Ho Chi Minh in anything other than contempt are dupes, witting or not, of a murderous school of thought--one that, while in retreat around the world, still has many adherents. A thought-provoking work of history and social criticism, The Black Book of Communism fully merits the broadest possible readership and discussion. --Gregory McNamee

From Publishers Weekly

In France, this damning reckoning of communism''s worldwide legacy was a bestseller that sparked passionate arguments among intellectuals of the Left. Essentially a body count of communism''s victims in the 20th century, the book draws heavily from recently opened Soviet archives. The verdict: communism was responsible for between 85 million and 100 million deaths in the century. In France, both sales and controversy were fueled, as Martin Malia notes in the foreword, by editor Courtois''s specific comparison of communism''s "class genocide" with Nazism''s "race genocide." Courtois, the director of research at the prestigious Centre Research National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris and editor of the journal Communisme, along with the other distinguished French and European contributors, delivers a fact-based, mostly Russia-centered wallop that will be hard to refute: town burnings, mass deportations, property seizures, family separations, mass murders, planned faminesAall chillingly documented from conception to implementation. The book is divided into five sections. The first and largest takes readers from the "Paradoxes of the October Revolution" through "Apogee and Crisis in the Gulag System" to "The Exit from Stalinism." Seeing the U.S.S.R. as "the cradle of all modern Communism," the book''s other four sections document the horrors of the Iron Curtain countries, Soviet-backed agitation in Asia and the Americas, and the Third World''s often violent embrace of the system. A conclusionA"Why?"Aby Courtois, points to a bureaucratic, "purely abstract vision of death, massacre and human catastrophe" rooted in Lenin''s compulsion to effect ideals by any means necessary. (Oct.)
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Courtois, director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), leads the efforts of major scholars associated with the CNRS, who drew on recently opened Soviet archives to track the atrocities of communism worldwide over the last century. Concluding that communism''s death toll stands at 85 to 100 million, they wonder forcefully why such "class genocide" is excused more easily than the Nazis'' "race genocide." This book burned a hole in the French Left when it was published--and also hit the best sellers lists. Not easy reading, but a seminal document. (LJ 11/1/99)
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Tabulators of the Red Terror from its inception in 1918 down to its vestigial continuation in such countries as North Korea and Cuba, the authors instigated an intellectual ruckus in France, a curious reception for this dry ledger of death. It was not, apparently, the recitation of killings that irked the left in France but Courtois'' condemnation of Leninist regimes as criminal enterprises. That stance challenged the left''s deeply seated tenets that communism, despite excesses, was progressive; that Stalinism was an effect of one personality, not an entire system; and that moral indictments of communism are mitigated by the unique evil of the Nazism it defeated. For even adumbrating a moral equivalence of the tyrannical -isms, Courtois'' introduction was denounced as anti-Semitic by a Le Monde editorialist. History communism may be, but a comprehensive historical accounting has yet to be undertaken because academic historians tend to loathe such accounting as being subjective. But since 1989, the raw documentary material necessary to just discover what happened, let alone interpret it, has begun to emerge. This volume merely chronicles and quotes the draconian decrees and secret police reports that sanctioned mass executions, deportations, and the establishment of concentration camps; implemented the collectivization of land, which invariably caused famines that starved millions; or formulated plans for wars of aggression, as in Korea. Whether this work will agitate U.S. citizens as much as it has the French seems doubtful, but there remain precincts in the U.S. where it could ignite debate, especially among those who stubbornly cleave to a belief that Lenin, Mao, and Pol Pot were aberrations rather than the essence of communism. Gilbert Taylor

From Kirkus Reviews

A unique attempt by French historiansas important in its way as the works of Solzhenitsynto chronicle the crimes of communism wherever it has attained power in the world. Not the least remarkable thing about this book is that this is the first time such a study has been made. For the cumulative toll of victims of communist rule, estimated by the authors at between 85 and 100 million, dwarfs even the crimes of the Nazis. In the Soviet Union the toll included 6 million deaths during the collectivization famine of 193233, 720,000 executions during the Great Purge, 7 million entering the gulag in 193441, many of them to die, and nearly 3 million still there when Stalin died. In China there were probably 10 million direct victims, another 20 million in China''s gulag, the Laogai, and between 20 and 43 million during the Great Leap Forward, the largest man-made famine in history. In Cambodia, the worst recent example, one in seven of the population died. And to these the authors add the cost in eastern Europe, Vietnam, North Korea, Afghanistan, Latin America, Ethiopia, Angola, and Mozambique. Nor is it just statistics: the authors tell, for example, of the young children in Cambodia hung from the roof by their feet and kicked from side to side until they died. The overwhelming question confronted by the authors is: why? The answer, writes Courtois, lies in the ``Bolsheviks propensity for extreme violence . . . demonstrated from the outset,'''' but above all in their habit of reducing their victimas had Hitler in his attacks on Jews as subhumanto an abstraction: the bourgeoisie, capitalists, and enemies of the people. The essays are of varying quality, some quite sketchy in their scope, but overall a devastating and important book, already hailed in Europe, and the more harrowing for its sobriety. (78 photos, 6 maps) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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“An 800-page compendium of the crimes of Communist regimes worldwide, recorded and analyzed in ghastly detail by a team of scholars. The facts and figures, some of them well known, others newly confirmed in hitherto inaccessible archives, are irrefutable. The myth of the well-intentioned founders--the good czar Lenin betrayed by his evil heirs--has been laid to rest for good. No one will any longer be able to claim ignorance or uncertainty about the criminal nature of Communism, and those who had begun to forget will be forced to remember anew.” Tony Judt , New York Times

“When The Black Book of Communism appeared in Europe in 1997 detailing communism''s crimes, it created a furor. Scrupulously documented and soberly written by several historians, it is a masterful work. It is, in fact, a reckoning. With this translation by Jonathan Murphy and Mark Kramer, English-language readers may now see for themselves what all the commotion was about.” Jacob Heilbrunn , Wall Street Journal

The Black Book of Communism, which is finally appearing in English, is an extraordinary and almost unspeakably chilling book. It is a major study that deepens our understanding of communism and poses a philosophical and political challenge that cannot be ignored. The book''s central argument, copiously documented and repeated in upwards of a dozen different essays, is that the history of communism should be read above all as the history of an all-out assault on society by a series of conspiratorial cliques led by cruel dictators (Lenin, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim II Sung, Pol Pot, and dozens of imitators) who were murderously drunk on their own ideology and power...Courtois and his collaborators have performed a signal service by gathering in one volume a global history of communism''s crimes from the Soviet Union to China, from the satellite countries of Eastern-Europe to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and North Korea, and to a lesser degree in Latin America and Africa... The Black Book is enormously impressive and utterly convincing.” Michael Scammell , New Republic

“To the extent that the book has a literary style, it is that of the recording angel; this is the body count of a colossal, wholly failed social, economic, political and psychological experiment. It is a criminal indictment, and it rightly reads like one.” Alan Ryan , New York Times Book Review

“Most sensible adults are aware of communism''s human toll in the Soviet Union and elsewhere--the forced starvations in the Ukraine, the Great Purge of the 1930s, the Gulag, the insanity of China''s Great Cultural Revolution, Pol Pot''s murder of one in every seven Cambodians, Fidel Castro''s firing squads and prisons. All these horrors are now brought together in what the French scholar Martin Mali, in his foreword, calls a ''balance sheet of our current knowledge of communism''s human costs, archivally based where possible and elsewhere drawing on the best available secondary evidence''...The book is all the more damning because each of the contributing scholars is either a former communist or close fellow traveler...That The Black Book infuriated the French left is a sure mark of its intrinsic worth.” Joseph C. Goulden , Washington Times

The Black Book is a groundbreaking effort by a group of French scholars to document the human costs of Communism in the 20th century. Its publication caused a sensation in France when it was first released in 1997, but Americans were not able to see for themselves what the furor was all about until October 1999, when Harvard University Press finally released an English translation. It was worth the wait. Taking advantage of many newly available archives in former Communist states, the authors (many of them former Communists themselves) have meticulously recorded the crimes, terror and repression inflicted by Communist regimes across the world. It is a powerful work.” Mark A. Thiessen , National Review

“The authors of The Black Book of Communism are part of a welcome change in the moral-philosophical landscape in Paris, and one hopes elsewhere, as a result of which liberal and left-of-center intellectuals, scholars and politicians judge the crimes of communist regimes with the same severity they''ve applied to those of Nazism and fascism.” Jeffrey Herf , Washington Post Book World

“Arguing with the passion of former believers, [the contributors] charge that communism was a criminal system. They all make the case well.” Foreign Affairs

“Now The Black Book of Communism is available in English, thanks to a stellar edition from Harvard University Press that appeared late last year, with an excellent introduction by Martin Malia, professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley.” Stephen Goode , Insight

“This black book has been a best seller across Europe. It details all the misery inflicted by Communism throughout the world: 25 million dead in the Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia...Not a pleasant book, a necessary one.” David Sexton , Evening Standard

“A sober and balanced piece of work. [ The Black Book of Communism] is particularly good on the origins of the Soviet police state under Lenin and on Stalin''s Great Terror. It should be read by anyone who still has illusions that the Bolshevik revolution was a good thing--and anyone who believes that something worthwhile was lost when the Berliners destroyed the Wall 10 years ago.” Paul Anderson , The Tribune

“A serious, scholarly history of Communist crimes in the Soviet Union, Eastern and Western Europe, China, North Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Africa, and Latin America... The Black Book does indeed surpass many of its predecessors in conveying the grand scale of the Communist tragedy, thanks to its authors'' extensive use of the newly opened archives of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.” Anne Applebaum , Weekly Standard

“A generally even-toned and informative book, and one that will serve as a healthy dose of medication for those still afflicted by a wish to treat the Bolshevik revolution as a mistake, however monumental, or something that ''had to happen''... The Black Book''s guiding purpose is to cut through the dense tissue of apologetics that has been deployed in the communist interest, both those devised in the thick of repression and those added after the collapse.” Ben Webb , New Times

The Black Book of Communism] consists of scholarly yet readable (and superbly translated) essays, some based on recently opened Soviet archives, and covers the communist revolutions in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, including Cuba... The Black Book [is] a most important volume of contemporary history produced by a group of French Sovietologists...On finishing this magnificent volume, it is impossible not to see that in three-quarters of a century Soviet communism had left nothing behind except death and destruction.” Arnold Beichman , Weekend Post

“The heart of the Black Book is a compilation and description--in mesmerizing objective prose-- of the slaughters visited upon populations around the world by communist dictators in the 20th century... The Black Book is an elegantly simple and valuable record of a time many would like to forget--but will have to deal with.” John Omicinski , Scottsdale Tribune

“I can''t think of any book that would be more important for Americans to read. If you are going to read only one book this year, make it The Black Book of Communism. This is an 800-page history of the terror, repression and killings of communism stretching from the Bolshevik Revolution to the present. Written by scholars who are ex-communists or former fellow travelers, the book establishes beyond doubt that communism is the greatest crime against humanity in the 20th century.” Charley Reese , The Sentine

“An important scholarly achievement of exhaustive breadth based on new archival material from the Stalin era...This impressive and important book is well worth the price.” Zachary T. Irwin , Library Journal

“A unique attempt by French historians--as important in its way as the works of Solzhenitsyn--to chronicle the crimes of communism wherever it has attained power in the world. Not the least remarkable thing about this book is that this is the first time such a study has been made. For the cumulative toll of victims of communist rule, estimated by the authors at between 85 and 100 million, dwarfs even the crimes of the Nazis...A devastating and important book, already hailed in Europe, and the more harrowing for its sobriety.” Kirkus Reviews

“In France, this damning reckoning of communism''s worldwide legacy was a bestseller that sparked passionate arguments among intellectuals of the Left. Courtois, along with the other distinguished French and European contributors, delivers a fact-based, mostly Russia-centered wallop that will be hard to refute: town burnings, mass deportations, property seizures, family separations, mass murders, planned famines--all chillingly documented from conception to implementation.” Publishers Weekly

“In the end, the Black Book''s body counts--necessary as they are--are less important than the soul-destroying connections between Marxist idealism and the violence committed in its name.” Lawrence Osborne , salon.com

“The publishing sensation in France this winter (1999) has been an austere academic tome, Le Livre Noir du Communisme, detailing Communism''s crimes from Russia in 1917 to Afghanistan in 1989...[ The Black Book of Communism] gives a balance sheet of our present knowledge of Communism''s human costs, archivally based where possible, and otherwise drawing on the best secondary works, and with due allowance for the difficulties of quantification. Yet austere though this inventory is, its cumulative impact is overwhelming. At the same time, the book advances a number of important analytical points.” Martin Malia , Times Literary Supplement

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Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

"Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit", Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience -- in the China of "the Great Helmsman", Kim II Sung''s Korea, Vietnam under "Uncle Ho" and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah. The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin''s destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu''s leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the wide-scale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao''s Red Guards.

As the death toll mounts -- as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on -- the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression. An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Stéphane Courtois is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, and editor of the journal Communisme.

Nicolas Werth is a researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History.

Jean-Louis Panné collaborated on the Dictionnaire biographique du mouvement ouvrier français.

Andrzej Paczkowski is Deputy Director and a professor at the Institute for Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Karel Bartošek is acting head of research at CNRS and the editor of the journal La nouvelle alternative.

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R.A.H.
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Communism..Need I say more..
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
I was fairly informed on the subject and the atrocities that were committed in the name of the state, but after reading this very informative book I found that my knowledge of communism was only the tip of the iceberg. What puzzles and troubles me is that some reviewers... See more
I was fairly informed on the subject and the atrocities that were committed in the name of the state, but after reading this very informative book I found that my knowledge of communism was only the tip of the iceberg. What puzzles and troubles me is that some reviewers appear to be offended by the frankness and honesty in describing the evilness of that system. Go figure. It immediately came to mind the homicidal psychopath Stalin and even after slaughter, starvation, and the Gulag that he treated his very own people to..some actually held him to a degree of esteem. Well, that’s their problem, but anyone interested in the subject will do well in having this in their library.
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Incompetently scanned ebook version of a classic. Don''t Buy!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 28, 2017
I would give this book 5 stars in a paper edition, as it is a classic historical work. This ebook version however was very incompetently scanned and digitized. On every page there are bogus characters and typos, missing words, etc. It is often difficult to decipher the... See more
I would give this book 5 stars in a paper edition, as it is a classic historical work. This ebook version however was very incompetently scanned and digitized. On every page there are bogus characters and typos, missing words, etc. It is often difficult to decipher the meaning of a sentence. Please don''t buy this version. It will only encourage the rip off artists who put this on Amazon. There is another version by Harvard University Press but they have withdrawn it from Amazon because of formatting errors. That leaves only expensive used paper copies, but please don''t buy this version.
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Excellent work
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2017
You can actually buy the Kindle edition here. Comprehensive examination of the crimes of Communism. Written by a group of French Scholars. This book is a must read and discusses many scholarly issues regarding the nature of totalitarianism, Communism and Fascism. But is... See more
You can actually buy the Kindle edition here. Comprehensive examination of the crimes of Communism. Written by a group of French Scholars. This book is a must read and discusses many scholarly issues regarding the nature of totalitarianism, Communism and Fascism. But is also presents many facts and historical events regarding communism. So many people in our country are ignorant of these things and they need to be informed so we don''t buy into the propaganda and repeat the mistakes of the past. I found the book to be readable. Not the easiest book to read. But I have had textbooks that were much more difficult to read that this was.
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A documentation of the greatest evil of the 20th century
Reviewed in the United States on November 17, 2019
TLDR: Anyone who wants to know why Communism specifically and Socialism in general are so dangerous need to read this book. We do ourselves and society a huge disservice by not understanding the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. This book is a... See more
TLDR: Anyone who wants to know why Communism specifically and Socialism in general are so dangerous need to read this book. We do ourselves and society a huge disservice by not understanding the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced.

This book is a necessary but difficult read. Not only because of the density of the information, but also because of the weight of the material. However, it will open your eyes to the true nature of Communism. It will probably sadden, depress, and anger you, but history repeats itself and if we want to avoid the greatest tragedy of the 20th century recurring, we need to know what happened so humanity can prevent it from happening again. Communism has caused more human suffering than any other ideology in our history and the scale of that suffering bogles the mind. It is incredible that most people know so little about it. This book goes into great detail about the crimes against humanity committed by Communist governments trying to create Utopia.

It seems to be a very academically honest book. Where there is ambiguity in statistics or multiple explanations for an event, it presents them honestly and gives evidence for what the authors think is most likely correct. If you are looking for an easy read or a happy ending you will not find it here. It is long, dense, and sometimes very boring. It took me about 2 years to finish it because I had to take several long breaks while reading it. However I am very glad to have read it. 99% of what is is this book I was not taught in school and does not seem to be common knowledge. But it should be.
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A MUST READ
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2016
Reads like a textbook. Takes a while to complete, but well worth it. A must read for all who are curious as to why people accept and embrace communism. A fantastic history lesson of the atrocities perpetrated by communist regimes. Should be required reading at all... See more
Reads like a textbook. Takes a while to complete, but well worth it. A must read for all who are curious as to why people accept and embrace communism. A fantastic history lesson of the atrocities perpetrated by communist regimes. Should be required reading at all colleges & universities.
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It seems that the anointed and noble Communists commit murder in the name of ridding the world of war and poverty whilst killers
Reviewed in the United States on October 29, 2014
This book is so well written that I reread it two more times and the Introduction and Conclusion another five. If you only read the introduction and conclusion, it would be well worth the price. The author has an interesting perspective on the question of... See more
This book is so well written that I reread it two more times and the Introduction and Conclusion another five. If you only read the introduction and conclusion, it would be well worth the price.

The author has an interesting perspective on the question of whether or not the terror of Communism can be compared to that of Nazism. Apparently, the very idea of comparing the two is taboo in genteel society. It seems that the anointed and noble Communists commit murder in the name of ridding the world of war and poverty whilst killers of boorish and ignoble stripe are vile and evil simply because they are at least dumb enough to make no such pretensions. He poses the question this way: Is it right to excuse terror when performed under the color of abolishing war and poverty, or is the excusing wrong precisely because the terror is perpetrated in the name of abolishing war and poverty.

I believe it was in the book "Witness" by Whitaker Chambers where this same question is presented comparing the noble terror of Communism with that of boorish Nazism. Chambers, when talking with other former communists, to test the veracity of their break with the faith, he would ask, "What is Communism"? If they answered, "Communism is Fascism". Then he knew that this person has truly broken with the religion.

It seems many are attracted to collectivist ideologies because these political cults claim to hold the secret to ending the two great scourges of poverty and war. To achieve his noble goal the true believer can then justify any means necessary, even if it produces famine and war far beyond anything that has gone before. The goal is so noble that no amount of other people’s blood and suffering can cause the true believer to question a single tenant of the faith.

It seems mankind has always been plagued by these murder cults but none has had such noble ideals, which may explain why the holy men of Communism have been able to get away with racking up a body count of such scale with little or no complaint or even complacency and collaboration from those on the outside. Outsiders who also believe in the eradication of poverty and war may feel compelled to give these monsters a pass because of their shared and noble goals.
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Too importasnt to pass by...
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
Dark, disturbing, and frightening, however, it is a book you need to read to fully understand that the greatest negative of Communism is the repression and homicide that inevitably attends it. This is a book that had to be written...and had to be read.
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Too Good. Too Thorough Too Unbelievable Too Tragic and Too Necessary
Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2021
This book is too relevant for today''s America so the warnings throughout will hardly be heeded by a populace that is falling for exactly the same tactics that have destroyed entire nations. The book is long. It is full of facts and documentation. You are not going to be... See more
This book is too relevant for today''s America so the warnings throughout will hardly be heeded by a populace that is falling for exactly the same tactics that have destroyed entire nations. The book is long. It is full of facts and documentation. You are not going to be able to digest it in a month. I feel like I should say that it is too expensive as well but really it was well worth the $50.00.

If you want to be informed this book is for you. It is all here (as much as you can contain in a single book) and it is all interesting and tragic. Sadness and desecration peddled as utopia. Communism is just a lie and the United States is falling for that lie at this present moment. Anyone who wants to help should read this book so they can help and not fall for the tired lies that are being taught in our "best" universities by our "best" professors. I recommend this book.
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Communist crimes revealed by (ex)communists.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 11, 2017
A book about Communism by ex-communists. Revealing and interesting. A weak point of the book is that a leftist bias remains. The authors are prisoners of history in the sense that a residue of their gullibility remains and distorts the book.Some of the atrocities of the...See more
A book about Communism by ex-communists. Revealing and interesting. A weak point of the book is that a leftist bias remains. The authors are prisoners of history in the sense that a residue of their gullibility remains and distorts the book.Some of the atrocities of the Reds are documented, although there is undue emphasis on Communist victims of the relentless Communist purges. A theme that if only Communism was implemented correctly then it would be a wonderful utopian dream, remains implicit in this book. This view still seems to pervade today. However, the fact remains that a system built on lies would always be criminal in essence.
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Expensive, but pack full of information.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2019
A very informative book and very well written, it is though a little ''wordy'' though. In other words, it does not always get to the point and use many words in what could have been explained in less, this would help it to be easier to read and obtain the excellent...See more
A very informative book and very well written, it is though a little ''wordy'' though. In other words, it does not always get to the point and use many words in what could have been explained in less, this would help it to be easier to read and obtain the excellent information this book holds. Plus it is ridiculously expensive, but considering the amount of excellent information still a very good buy.
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All in the name of communism...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2019
Read this to find out why communism should be condemned and thrown into the depths of history for good!
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important
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Most of the western "intellectuals", especially those making a fat salary in the media, ought to read it before going to bed: each night, like monks used to read the New Testament.
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Excellent book - staggeringly detailed and utterly necessary for the thwarting of toxic revisionists.
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