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Already recognized all through Europe, this overseas bestseller plumbs lately opened files within the former Soviet bloc to bare the particular, functional accomplishments of Communism around the globe: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. astounding within the sheer aspect it amasses, the ebook is the 1st entire try to catalogue and learn the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

"Revolutions, like timber, has to be judged via their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is often the normal the authors observe to the Communist experience―in the China of "the nice Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam lower than "Uncle Ho" and Cuba below Castro, Ethiopia below Mengistu, Angola below Neto, and Afghanistan below Najibullah. The authors, all exclusive students established in Europe, record Communist crimes opposed to humanity, but in addition crimes opposed to nationwide and common tradition, from Stalin's destruction of 1000's of church buildings in Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the old middle of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on chinese language tradition through Mao's crimson Guards.

As the dying toll mounts―as many as 25 million within the former Soviet Union, sixty five million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on―the authors systematically exhibit how and why, anywhere the millenarian ideology of Communism used to be confirmed, it fast resulted in crime, terror, and repression. a unprecedented accounting, this ebook amply files the exceptional place and value of Communism within the hierarchy of violence that's the background of the 20 th century.

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