Walter Laqueur’s The Glasnost Revelations: A Book Review
A look at this interesting work, dealing with documents from the Stalin era which give the reader insight into the workings of the mind of the Soviet dictator.
“Joseph Stalin left behind a legacy in Russia, a duplicitous legacy of Russian development. Duplicitous because, although the nation of the Soviet Union advanced to an industrialized state under Stalin’s command, the people of Russia suffered under his repressive economic policies and his political reign of terror. Appropriately termed The Glasnost Revelations, as details of Stalin’s tyranny were not unearthed until the revelation of information under Gorbachev’s policy of openness, termed Glasnost, Walter Laqueur’s work provides an insight into the world of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. Laqueur first gives significant biographical information concerning Stalin to better help the reader understand his personal motivations. Laqueur then delves into Stalin’s ruthless pursuit of economic goals, and his collectivization of agriculture, and further considers his notorious purges, the motivation behind this reign of terror, and the destruction and legacy imparted by this tyranny. ”