EBOOK NEW (Stalin and His Hangmen The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him) AUTHOR Donald Rayfield
He eath of millions There is genocide here ethnic cleansing before the world had ever heard of ethnic cleansing The urban terror the Yezhovchina of 1937 to 1938 was bad but the rural terror of 1930 to 1933 was even worse Rayfield tells his story well scholarly but with a strong seasoning of passion though I Citizen Cain do have serious reservations over some of hisubious judgements In Murdering the Old Guard section six of the book he says that Stalin was no a communist than a Borgia pope was a Catholic That s a rather odd contention because the Borgia pope I assume he is thinking of Alexander VI was a Catholic just as Stalin was a communist The Trail of Secrets difference is the one was an aberration of a system of belief and the other its most refined expression More seriously I think his analysis of Stalin s relations with Hitler both weak and seriously inaccurate at points showing that his grasp of the twists in Soviet foreign and ideological policy is not uite as strong as it should be The conclusion though is superb As he says it is a paradox that Russia s two greatest novelists Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in all their work insisted that only by full confession could the crimes of the past be absolved and life become endurable again yet today s Russian state refuses to abjure Stalin and his henchmen Hardly surprising when that same state is run by a man who is by career and choice as the author puts it a successor to Yagoda and Beria a state where the FSB has taken in alliance with bandits and extortioners the commanding heights of the country s government and economic riches and goes on lying to and when expedient murdering it s citizens How much worse the situation seems to have become since I bought this book how much Russia moves in an everownward spiral crushed under the weight of its unreuited history Until the story is told in full and until the world community insist tat the legacy of Stalin is fully accounted for and expiated Russia will remain spiritually sick haunted by the ghosts of Stalin and his hangmen and worse by nightmares of their resurrection A revolting account of Stalin s rule than Montefiore s this book chronicles the murderous career of the Cheka and its many succeeding bodies as well as its many successful hangmen Stalin murdered millions of his own countrymen including his own allies and family but this book makes clear that in order to be successful evil How to Train a Cowboy doesn t just need the good too nothing but evil also reuires many busy hands to One Special Moment do its work Stalin cultivated such hands from the almost tragic Genrikh Yagoda to the impish brute Yezhov all the way to I think the title says it all really Good breakdown of Stalin and the various leaders of the GPU OGPU NKVD etc and how the revolutionary and idealistic spirit was first broken and then totally eradicated Reminds you what people are capable of Rayfield writes a very personal account of Stalin and those close to him who were primarily responsible for the mass killings that occurreduring the early Soviet Union Felix Dzerzhinsky Vyacheslav Menzhinsky Genrikh Yagoda Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrentiy Beria Going through the personal lives of each of them and how it factored into their overall choices to engage in mass murder it proves a very gripping account Written not as a serious academic tome but in the style of popular history Rayfield still keeps it serious and to a high standard Though written chronologically it A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain does move back and forth as new characters are introduced going back to examine their lives which further breaks up the book and makes it easy to read in short periods If one is interested in a intimate look at some of the most heinous figures in history this is a great sour. Ht the careers personalities relationships and “accomplishments” of Stalin’s key henchmen and their most prominent victims Rayfield creates a chillingrama of the intersection of political fanaticism personal vulnerability and blind lust for power spanning half a centuryThough Beria lost his power–and his life–after Stalin’s Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, death in 1953 the fundamental methods of the hangmen maintained their grip into the second half of the twentieth century Indeed Rayfield argues the tradition of terror far fromisappearing has emerged with renewed vitality under Vladimir Putin Written with grace passion and a The Mommy Makeover dazzling command of the intricacies of Soviet politics and society Stalin and the Hangmen is aevastating indictment of the individuals and ideology that kept Stalin in power.
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EBOOK NEW (Stalin and His Hangmen The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him) AUTHOR Donald Rayfield
This a well written and well researched book based on the most recently opened Soviet archives that reveals in great The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives detail not only what a monstrous regime Stalin s was but also how much its existance played into the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Europe Rayfield s careful research focuses on Stalin and the assorted secret police leaders who served him While Stalin clearly bears chief responsibility for his murderous regime he found in the likes of Dzerzhinsky Yezhov Yagoda and Beria monsters in their own rights to assist him Wellone book about a A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, difficult topic The author s point is that the biggest madmen of the 20th century could not andid not First Blood do all their evil alone and the story of their henchmen needs to be told Rayfieldoes a commendable job of pointing out how easily we were swayed by the British and American left into thinking of Stalin as a benign occasionally misguided idealist and how it was important for us to The Palliser Novels do so to be able to gird ourselves for the fight against fascism At times the book gets weighedown by its own story the specific horror and arbitrary nature of Stalinist terror is in a class by itself in uality and uantity But the portraits of Beria Eshkov and the rest are Men And Gods In Mongolia deep and insightfulI wish the libraries and bookstores in the US would carry Rayfield s newest book on the history of Georgia I know it would take shelf space away from the Oprah book club and James Patterson but it would be a real treat Leopold von Ranke once said that an historian should write well but not too well and Rayfield almost falls into this latter category Moreover there is no attempt to hide his absolute contempt for Stalin heoes not refrain from using moral adjectives and so his book gains readability but looses a touch of objectivity Hence the missing starThat said this is an outstanding book readable intense clearly authoritative Rayfield is fluent in Russian and Georgian and appears to have a full grasp of primary sourcesThe book is structured as a largely chronological account first of Stalin and then of the various and successive heads of the OGPUNKVDetc This gives Rayfield a chance to proceed historically while at the same time presents mini biographies of ALL the principal actors from Lenin to Khruschiev There is thus a great Hunter Killer (Pike Logan deal on Dzierzynski Rayfield uses unconvential spellings Menzhinsky Orjonikidze Iagoda Ezhov and Beria on the Collectivization and the famines on the great purges the show trials the Great Terror and so forth putting all into clear focus He also covers all the other figures in someepth from Lenin and Krupskaia to Trotsky Zinoviev Kamenev Molotov the murders of men like Babel and Mandalstam Katyn and much much elseAnd his portrait of Stalin is to say the least both balanced and utterly convincing and chillingThe one real surprise is his account of the radical and rapid thaw that Beria oversaw in the 100 Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, days after Stalin seath For Rayfield Beria who was undoubtedly blood thirsty and lecherous found a germ of humanity and uickly moved to implement it He was then murdered by Khruschiev and Molotov and the others because he was moving to liberalize too uickly I The Friend Zone don t know if this interpretation found at the end of the book will withstand scrutiny On the other hand heoes allow that Khruschiev also eventually found a bit of humanity within himself Putin is then placed right in the grand tradition of other NKVD luminaries minus the alleged and late blooming humanity of BeriaI have tended to find long books on Stalin and his regime a bit Flying Scotsman Manual dull perhaps because they are suchrab and unfeeling creatures but this one under 500 pages serves as an excellent account and an excellent introductory accoun. Stalin Alpha (Shifters, did not act alone The mass executions the mock trials the betrayals and purges the jailings and secret torture that ravaged the Soviet Unionuring the three Whalerider decades of Stalin’sictatorship were the result of a tight network of trusted henchmen and women spies psychopaths and thugs At the top of this pyramid of terror sat five indispensable hangmen who presided over the various incarnations of Stalin’s secret police Now in his harrowing new book Donald Rayfield probes the lives the minds the twisted careers and the unpunished crimes of Stalin’s loyal assassinsFounded by Feliks Dzerzhinsky the Cheka–the Extraordinary Commission–came to life in the first years of the Russian Revolution Spreading fear in a time of chaos the Cheka proved a perfect instrument for Stalin.
T of the entire period45 stars and highly recommended Very interesting historical read very slow at times but leaves you in no oubt about the monster this man was and the yes men around him This was an excellent window into Russian history It also made an indelible memory of what an absurd life Stalin constantly cycled through underlings gaining their loyalty using them as agents and eventually iscarding them when they began to accumulate too much power As each of these cycles unfolded it was shocking to watch a man s rise his fall and ultimately his Graphic Design For Everyone destruction At the end of his own life Stalin suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed faceown in his room His underlings found him that way and left him untouched and untreated until he Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, died While they wanted him to pass off the scene so they could take power they also feared being held responsible if he somehow recoveredThe only negative of the book is that it can be hard to track all the names and the author sometimes fails to give enough help so that you can keep trackAn excellent read both educationalinformative and instructive in life lessons I bought Donald Rayfield s Stalin and his Hangmen six or seven years while I was studying modern Russian history in sixth form at school I never read it though because it was sueezed out by another book published at about the same time Stalin the Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore My present fascination with the writing of Vasily Grossman persuaded me to turn to the long neglected Raysfield for some additional background information on the nature of the Soviet state and the terror apparatus it spawned I m rather glad Iid because this is a good book though not a great one a reasonably through treatment of the people and the institutions without whom Stalin could not have functioned in the way that he Sweetland didIt s a set of mini biographies or perhaps pathologies is a better expression of Stalin himself and the successive heads of state security appointed after the Bolshevik coup in late 1917 They are there in all of their fanaticism andepravity Imagine if you will some kind of reverse Darwinian progression with successive stages of moral sometimes physical Art of Laurel and Hardy degeneration Imagine also a progress in inhumanity and cruelty that is a perfect echo of the progress and inhumanity of communism at large Now picture the men picture Felix Dzerzhinsky the founder of Cheka the first in a long line of sinister acronyms and then those who came after Viacheslav Menzhinsky Genrik Yagoda Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrenti Beria These are the principal players though the book also features some of those spawned in their shadows eveneeper levels of ugly Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, depravity It s also a biography of the institutions themselves and their evolution from Cheka to GPU to OGPU to NKVD to MGB to the FSB of today These awful acronyms bothisplay and hide so much They are the cords in a binding wrapped ever closer around the body of Russia tighter and tighter as freedom was sueezed to The Intelligent Entrepreneur death The awfulness was there right from the beginning in the system created by Lenin Stalin simply made it even worse with the aid of his various hangmenI knew about some of the men featured in this book than others uite a lot about Dzerzhinsky who if he had survived would almost certainly have gone the same way as Yagoda and Yezhov men who supped too close to theevil and nothing at all about Menzhinsky I thought of Yezhov who presided over the hysteria of 1937 and 1938 which we now know as the Great Terror as the individual with most blood on his hands but the weight is heaviest on Menzhinsky head of the OGPU at the time of forced collectivisation and a state induced famine that lead to ’s ruthless consolidation of power But brutal as it was the Cheka under Dzerzhinsky was amateurish compared to the well oiled killing machines that succeeded it Genrikh Iagoda’s OGPU specialized in political assassination propaganda and the manipulation of foreign intellectuals Later the NKVD recruited a new generation of torturers Starting in 1938 terror mastermind Lavrenti Beria brought violent repression to a new height of ingenuity and sadismAs Rayfield shows Stalin and his henchmen worked relentlessly to coerce and suborn leading Soviet intellectuals artists writers lawyers and scientists Maxim Gorky Aleksandr Fadeev Alexei Tolstoi Isaak Babel and Osip Mandelstam were all caught in Stalin’s web–courted toyed with betrayed and then ruthlessly estroyed In bringing to lig.