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Beria Stalin's First Lieutenant (Paperback)

Author:  Amy Knight
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0691010935
ISBN-13: 9780691010939
Sku: 30127924
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  342
 

This is the first comprehensive biography of Lavrentii Beria, Stalin''s notorious police chief and for many years his most powerful lieutenant. Beria has long symbolized all the evils of Stalinism, haunting the public imagination both in the West and in the former Soviet Union. Yet because his political opponents expunged his name from public memory after his dramatic arrest and execution in 1953, little has been previously published about his long and tumultuous career.

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This is the first comprehensive biography of Lavrentii Beria, Stalins notorious police chief and for many years his most powerful lieutenant. Beria has long symbolized all the evils of Stalinism, haunting the public imagination both in the West and in the former Soviet Union. Yet because his political opponents expunged his name from public memory after his dramatic arrest and execution in 1953, little has been previously published about his long and tumultuous career.

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"A milestone, an invaluable achievement, the natural heir to Leggett's history of the Cheka." - John Le Carre

Times Literary Supplement
"The first serious book-length study of Beria's public career....Knight's staidness and
deliberation bring a refreshing change of approach....A major contribution to our knowledge of Soviet politics."
- Robert Service

Times (London)
"Beria is ripe for revisionism. The danger is that too much can be made of Beria's relative liberalism....Amy Knight does not fall into this trap. Hers is a strictly political biography and a very good one." - Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0342
Product attributePublisher:   Princeton University Press
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