The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

Already well-known all through Europe, this foreign bestseller plumbs lately opened data within the former Soviet bloc to bare the particular, functional accomplishments of Communism worldwide: terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres. staggering within the sheer element it amasses, the ebook is the 1st finished try to catalogue and research the crimes of Communism over seventy years.

"Revolutions, like bushes, has to be judged through their fruit," Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is often the normal the authors practice to the Communist experience―in the China of "the nice Helmsman," Kim Il Sung's Korea, Vietnam lower than "Uncle Ho" and Cuba lower than Castro, Ethiopia less than Mengistu, Angola less than Neto, and Afghanistan lower than Najibullah. The authors, all uncommon students dependent in Europe, record Communist crimes opposed to humanity, but additionally crimes opposed to nationwide and common tradition, from Stalin's destruction of 1000s of church buildings in Moscow to Ceausescu's leveling of the historical center of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on chinese language tradition by way of Mao's pink Guards.

As the demise 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 convey how and why, anywhere the millenarian ideology of Communism was once verified, it speedy resulted in crime, terror, and repression. a rare accounting, this ebook amply records the exceptional place and value of Communism within the hierarchy of violence that's the background of the 20th century.

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