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Lenin's Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives

Lenin's Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives
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Автор: Paul R. Gregory

Название: Lenin's Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives

Издательство: Hoover Institutw Press

Год: 2009

Формат: PDF

Размер: 3 MB

Кол-во стр.: 180

Язык: английский

Качество: отличное

ISBN: 0817948120

The opening of the once-secret Soviet state and party archives in the early 1990s proved to be an event of exceptional significance. When Western scholars broke down the official wall of secrecy
that had stood for decades, they gained access to intriguing new knowledge they had previously only had been able to speculate about. In this fascinating volume, Paul Gregory takes us behind scenes
and into the archives to illuminate the dark inner workings of the Soviet Union.

He reveals, for example, the bizarre story of the state-sponsored scientific study of Lenin's brain. Originally conceived to "prove" Lenin's genius, the plan was never revealed to the public--for
to do so was more than the security-conscious Soviet leadership could have borne. Gregory also exposes the harsh features of Stalin's criminal justice system--in which the theft of state and
collective property was punished far more severely than the theft of private property. Indeed, the theft of small amounts of grain was punishable by ten years in the Gulag or a death sentence. The
author also illuminates the true story behind the December 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, telling how the ill-conceived incursion was ordered by a Politburo of aging and ill leaders who would
not be around to deal with the long-term consequences of their decision.

In addition, the book examines such topics as Stalin's Great Terror, the day-to-day life of Gulag guards, Lenin's repression of "noncommunist" physicians and his purge of intellectuals, the 1940
Soviet execution of 20,000 Poles, and other previously well-concealed tales.

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