The Russian Century

The Russian Century

By Brian Moynahan

 

Covers nearly the whole century from 1900-1994.

 

A chronicle of repression, control, terror, cannibalism, starvation, mass murder, thought-control, lies, collectivism. What a tragedy. How can Russians have a positive, hopeful outlook after all they’ve been through? (Maybe the question is, “How can human beings have a positive outlook after seeing what our brothers, the Russians, have had to endure?”)

 

Moynahan writes well.

 

To me it is a warning of the tragedy of boundless government and central planning. What evils can be wrought by lack of property rights, respect for individuals and limits on government action!

 

During the Ukranian starvation of 1932-33, one image stands out. All the village’s residents were deported or starved but for one, “A single, naked man fighting with cats over a dead pigeon.”

 

Romanovs, Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, Kruschev, Brezhnev, Andropov, Yeltsin, Gorbachev.

The Russian Revolution  of 1917. The horrors of 1932-33. Whites and Reds. World Wars I and II. Chernobyl. Dissidents.

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