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Stalin’s Loyal Executioner: People’s Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 by Marc Jansen and Nikita Petrov

Stalin’s Loyal Executioner: People’s Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 by Marc Jansen and Nikita Petrov is a great addition to the story of Soviet communism, a story that is still unfolding, but has not completely been told. This book will remain the authoritative source of the life and times of Nikolai Yezhov, until the Russian archives …

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Book Review: Beria — Stalin’s First Lieutenant by Amy Knight

“As Lavrenti Beria stood over Joseph Stalin’s deathbed in early March 1953, witnesses observed that he could barely contain his pleasure in watching the leader edge toward his final moments of life.” Beria — Stalin’s First Lieutenant by Amy Knight is a well-written, exemplary biography that attempts to “challenge some basic assumptions” about Lavrenti Beria …

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