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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Conquest Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The definitive work on Stalin’s purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. In recent years, even the former Soviet Union has come to call it the definitive account of the period. While the original volume relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined, to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work. Under the light of fresh evidence, it is remarkable how many of Conquest’s most disturbing conclusions have been verified. Many details have also been added, including hitherto secret information on the three great “Moscow Trials,” the purge of writers and other members of the intelligentsia, life in the labor camps, and many other key matters. Both a leading historian and a highly respected poet, Conquest blends profound research with evocative prose to create a compelling and eloquent chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s most tragic events.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Conquest’s stature in the historiography of modern Europe is assured...Stalin was not only the master criminal; he was the master concealer. It took a master detective, and a poet, like Mr. Conquest, to unmask him completely.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The reader comes away feeling that the author knows every event of the Soviet years, that no remotely accessible document has escaped his attention...when questions, ideas, or suppositions arise in you, reader, the author invariably answers these mental queries a few pages later...Having finished this book, no one can ever again say: ‘I didn’t know.’ Now we all know.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A terrifying record from the best of all commentators on Stalin’s USSR.”

    Star-Ledger (Newark)

  • “[A] broad, well-documented portrayal...This remains an essential source, and any library without it should buy it.”

    Library Journal

  • National Review’s 100 Best Nonfiction Books of the Century

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bur | 3/19/2016

    " Robert Conquest does a quite commendable job in this re-examination of the Great Terror. I've read a couple other books and they left me with questions. This book answered those questions, and more. Particuarly the background, what set off the Great Terror, is something about which I'd been left wondering. A wonderful addition to the field by an experienced and knowledgable researcher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 12/27/2013

    " Great book if you already know a lot about Stalin - I will probably re-read this book after I read other books on Stalin "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by my name is corey irl | 12/24/2013

    " durrrrrrRRR "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bird | 12/9/2013

    " Another Conquest title, this is a reassessment if you want to use this book to brain somebody. Not a light read but so well documented and described that it is The Assessment. "

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About the Author

Robert Conquest, historian, poet, literary critic, and political writer, is the author of many books in these fields, including such classic works on Soviet history as The Great Terror and The Harvest of Sorrow, both published to much acclaim in the Soviet Union itself. He is at present a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University.