The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression

The Black Book of Communism Crimes Terror Repression Already famous throughout Europe this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual practical accomplishments of Communism around the world

  • Title: The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression
  • Author: Stéphane Courtois Andrzej Paczkowski Karel Bartosek
  • ISBN: 9780674076082
  • Page: 463
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Already famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze thAlready famous throughout Europe, this international bestseller plumbs recently opened archives in the former Soviet bloc to reveal the actual, practical accomplishments of Communism around the world terror, torture, famine, mass deportations, and massacres Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years Revolutions, like trees, must be judged by their fruit, Ignazio Silone wrote, and this is the standard the authors apply to the Communist experience in the China of the Great Helmsman, Kim Il Sung s Korea, Vietnam under Uncle Ho and Cuba under Castro, Ethiopia under Mengistu, Angola under Neto, and Afghanistan under Najibullah The authors, all distinguished scholars based in Europe, document Communist crimes against humanity, but also crimes against national and universal culture, from Stalin s destruction of hundreds of churches in Moscow to Ceausescu s leveling of the historic heart of Bucharest to the widescale devastation visited on Chinese culture by Mao s Red Guards.As the death toll mounts as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.

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    1. Enormous lapses prevail. Despite its looming effect, the Black Book is actually a void, a lack. The latter sections on the developing world are primed in terms of the white man's burden. The statistics provided within certainly don't lie. The approach to the endeavor lacks all the integrity of scholarship.

    2. A MUST-read. Really, we all have our notions about the Communist ideology, but the documentation of the crimes conducted in the name of the ideology is mind-blowing. The systematic documentation of the murder of 100+ million people in the name of the Communist ideology makes this book difficult, but very important, to read. Moreover, the analysis of the authors as to how this history could actually have occurred is also very interesting. Their thesis is that a particularly violent Russian cultur [...]

    3. Communism was the most monstrous blight upon humanity of the 20th century. These French scholars - some of them former Communists - have painstakingly documented the repression, terror, venality and murderous tactics that have characterized every Communist regime. They have accessed archives and documentation unavailable before the demise of the USSR and its numerous satellites. The numbers are daunting - the scale of human suffering and death is almost incomprehensible. This book is deeply dist [...]

    4. Not an easy read, but well worth it, especially for those who have not seen the communism in action, first hand (as I did in my youth).

    5. Years ago, I was in a meeting where the question was asked: "What are 5-10 highlights of history that every Ukrainian student is taught in school?" Questions like this that confront us with our own culture are often quite difficult to answer, because the we assume such things are so well known among us as to be boring or irrelevant. The first response was Chernobyl, expected. The second response was stunning to American me, it was something like'of course, students are taught about World War II [...]

    6. Not the easiest read, but it confirms that the billions spent to oppose Communism globally were well worth it. Alleged intellectuals who differentiate Communism in theory from its real-world practice everywhere, or who believe there was any moral equivalence between the West and Communism can no longer pretend they have a leg to stand on.

    7. Perhaps the most comprehensive and candid study of Communism yet to be written , the authors with brutal honesty lay bare the extent of the horror of the system called 'Communism' which has spread its tentacles across the globe , at its height ruling over a third of mankind, and still continues its reign of terror in some countries - 84 years after the Bolsheviks siezed power in Russia.As Martin Malia pints out in his forward what makes this book remarkable is unlike the previous studies which h [...]

    8. Although the crimes of communistic regimes are well documented, this book utterly fails to provide a reasonable analysis of the history of the very regimes it condemns as well as the political context that fueled said revolutions in the various nations involved. Much is missing about US and European involvement and it simply boils down to hypocrisy. It also endlessly extrapolates upon statistical data that was never reliable to begin with, especially in what concerns data from China. The book fu [...]

    9. This is not light reading.An extensive look at the violence and mass murder of Communism. The Soviet Union gets the largest chunk, followed by China, but there's more. On Eastern Europe. On North Korea. On Vietnam, Laos, Camobia. On Latin America and Africa and Afghanistan.Sometimes it turns into lists of victims and the particular, not much varying detail of how they ended up dead, but a lot covers the movements, the specific programs, the classes of victims, and means used to target, torture, [...]

    10. I am reading this book from the outside in -- intros and appendices. It is over 800 pages of history and I may not read all of it; I may focus on Cuba. But it is an essential work, compiling history of the 20th-century atrocities wrought by communist regimes around the world. Wholesale murder in Russia, China, Latin America -- everywhere communism has taken root -- is not just idealism gone astray, it's policy. The intros also discuss why the facts were covered up, and then rationalized away, by [...]

    11. Escalofriante este relato de una de las dos grandes ideologías asesinas del siglo XX (la otra fue el fascismo). Un libro que cuenta, sin ningún tipo de restricción de detalles y con un alcance casi global (extrañé más profundización en lo ocurrido en América Latina, por ejemplo), cómo en sí mismo el comunismo y el socialismo han sido asesinos pero, a diferencia del fascismo, no han sido juzgados con la misma severidad (algo que puede explicar, por ejemplo, la lectura de Koba el Temible [...]

    12. This book [french, so it is actually controversial where it was written] takes on the last century of communism, asserting that because the primary tenets of communism are based upon a mythically nice version of human nature, communism can only be imposed by force. I.e the essence of communism must be repression. People act by self interest, and a regime cannot force them to abandon this quality. Fascinating--and for you free market fanatics out there--this dark view of human nature doesn't let [...]

    13. Multiple authors are inconsistent on central points. Not exactly the most credible exercise when text was originally produced by think tank in attempt to influence partisan politics in France. Focus on carceral systems and violent insurgencies accounts for the argument; there is little analysis of actual economics of communism.

    14. AMAZING AND HEART-WRENCHING!This book is the bible of the anti-communist movement.It documents a history of repressions, both political and civilian, by Communist states, including genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, and artificial famines.

    15. Sobre a realidade comunista,o ideal na visão e prática.Marxismo-Leninismo e estalinimso.O terror do totalitarismo de esquerda

    16. For anyone seriously studying International Communism, this is a must for your library. I first read the book in 2000 and keep it on hand as a ready reference. While The John Birch Society has long exposed the International Communist dynamic as a criminal and political conspiracy, THE BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM does a great job of documenting that Communist Conspiracy's overall crimes against mankind from their own records in the former Soviet Union. Six European researchers came together to produc [...]

    17. This is mighty tome, and sometimes dull, but a must read for those who think Communism was not dangerous or is not still around. Responsible for far more murders than Hitler, this brand of socialism has been in a large amount of countries and in each one, many people who do not want it are slaughtered without mercy. It still exists today, and many people still believe in it and want to enforce it on the countries which have not suffered from it. It may take a while to read this, but you will fin [...]

    18. This is a heavy (literally) academic book. It is almost 800 pages and I have to read it at a slower pace to understand. I am not going to read the whole thing, it would probably take me six months if I did. I have read the preface and introduction and I plan to skim portions of each communist country. Although the content is shocking and horrible, I agree with the authors that we need to be educated and remember the crimes of communism.

    19. Une excellente étude sur les crimes et répressions du communisme des bolchéviques au régime de Pol Pot qui permet d'avoir une vision globale des pages noires du communisme. Certains passages sont particulièrement clairs en ce qui concernent les mécanismes de la répression (URSS, Espagne, Pays de l'Europe de l'Ouest et Chine), d'autres plus obscurs (dans la compréhension des mécanismes mêmes) et peuvent donner l'impression de n'être qu'un recueil d'horreurs. Mais la collecte de documen [...]

    20. Un ottimo libro per cogliere l'oscurità reale di un'ideologia tanto affascinante quanto estremamente utopica e astratta. Credo sia difficile per un dogmatico accettare le critiche mosse alle scelte scellerate dei regimi comunisti del XX secolo, ma è proprio questo il problema dell'ideologia stessa e dei suoi allievi: uno staccamento della realtà fatta di violenza deliberata e rivoluzionaria in nome di un futuro migliore. Il libro è decisamente esplicito per ciò che riguarda il racconto dell [...]

    21. Do you want a book to make you angry? Then this book is going to make you angry. Sure, it's hardly complete (in spite of its almost 1000 pages, it just scratches the surface) and the flow is not always perfect, due to the numerous contributions. There's a lot of information, there are a lot of specific terms and some prior knowledge would probably facilitate reading even more. However, I believe it's a very important title for understanding the communist system and the human misery it created. S [...]

    22. Everything you wanted to know about communism but where afraid to askor something like thatI was searching for a book that would teach me everything about 20th century communism,and while this doesn't do that it still comes very close.The problem with the book is that while certain chapters offer a good explanation of why and how tragedies occured,others just concentrate on counting the bodies (literally,there are pages that constain of 200 people killed,300 tortured,400 sentenced to jail).While [...]

    23. I learned an incredible amount from this book. At times, it's a little hard to read - either because of the writing (it has many contributing authors) or because of the disturbing nature of the subject. I don't agree 100% with the thesis - that there is something inherent in Communism that makes it uniquely violent. It's the "unique" part that was not convincing. A lot of the violence was uniquely abhorrent, but some of it is on par with the violence of other dictatorial, totalitarian, or anti-f [...]

    24. If there is a book that must be read, this is it. Extremely well-documented, formed by a collection of essays by distinguish scholars (many are members of the Left, some former communists), this book exposes the reality of communism, not the lies spread by the media and their acolytes on the Left. The book’s editor, Stéphane Courtoi, was absurdly accused of anti-Semitism by the French rag “Le Monde” for (rightfully) equating communism to nazism. Together with Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal [...]

    25. This book is a hard read, not because of structure or text, but due to the atrocity committed against humanity by socialism and communism. Anyone who dares consider these ideologies should be mandated to read this book. Every history class from junior high to college should be forced to read this book. Today they teach socialism is grand , but never teach the reality of it. If these who support only understood it they would run from it as fast as their were able. It is the disease hat we as a hu [...]

    26. A great book when first published in 1997. It sits by my Black Book of Russian Jewry.A pity there have been no further editions that would have brought things up to date.I wonder if someone will ever compile a Black Book of Islam?

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