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arethuza · 2014-01-02 · Original thread
I can recommend (if that is the correct term) the book "Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar" for a chilling description of the leadership of the Soviet Union from the early 30s until Stalin's death:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stalin-The-Court-Red-Tsar/dp/0753817...

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