This book is the story of the men who believed they knew how to create an ideal world, and in its name did not hesitate to sacrifice millions of innocent lives.
On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution in 1917, it is important to understand how a small band of Communists was able to take over a country of 150 million, and how, seventy-four years later, the huge Soviet Empire they had created, was exploded by three inebriated men.
The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, has said that the demise of the Soviet Empire in 1991 was the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century. This book aims to show that the greatest tragedy of the century was the creation of this Empire in 1917.
The book is written in conversational language by Anatole Konstantin, the author of A Red Boyhood, Growing up under Stalin, in which he describes his own experience of life in a Communist country.
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About the Author
Upon his father's arrest, the family became "enemies of the people" and barely survived. In 1941 when Germany attacked the Soviet Union, Anatole with his mother and little brother escaped several days before the Germans occupied their town and they became refugees in the Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan in Central Asia. In spite of misery and near starvation, Anatole managed to go to school, and when WW II ended, the family escaped to Poland and then to West Germany where he became a student at the Technical University of Munich.
When he graduated as a Mechanical Engineer, the United States was admitting 200,000 Displaced Persons and he came to the land of his dreams. After having worked for twenty years in several companies, Anatole started an engineering consulting company which later became the PDC International Corp. that manufactures packaging machinery. His book, A RED BOYHOOD - Growing Up Under Stalin, describes life under Communist dictatorship and his escape from it. He also taught a course on The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire at the Lifetime Learners Institute at the Norwalk Community College.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 — How It All Began
How Did the Communists Do It?
Who Was Lenin?
Russia in 1917
The Democratic Revolution of Feb. 1917
The Bolshevik Coup
Chapter 2 — The Chaos
Who Was Going to Supply Food?
Who Was Dzerzhinsky?
Lenin and Germany
Who Was Trotsky?
The Red Terror
Chapter 3 — How Communists Won the Civil War
The New Morality
Today Russia, Tomorrow the World
Lenin’s New Economic Policy (NEP)
Chapter 4 — Who Was Stalin?
How Stalin Became a Dictator
Chapter 5 — What was Collectivization?
Stalin’s Five-Year Plans
Chapter 6 — The Gulag
The Terror Years 1937 – 1938
After the Arrest
Chapter 7 — Who Killed Kirov?
The Show Trials
Why Were the Hardened Revolutionaries Admitting to Crimes Which They Could Not Possibly Have Committed?
The Time of Yezhov
Bringing the Army Under Control
What Did Stalin Have to Say?
The Spanish Civil War
Chapter 8 — Stalin And Hitler
Chapter 9 — World War Ii: 1941 – 1945
D-Day, The Yanks Are Coming
Chapter 10 — Stalin’s Rule After The War
Stalin’s Foreign Policy
Soviet Economy After World War II
Stalin’s Test of Loyalty
Who Killed Stalin?
Chapter 11 — After Stalin – Khrushchev
Who Was Khrushchev?
The Sausage Communism
Chapter 12 — Brezhnev, Andropov, And Chernenko
The Prague Spring
Far East and Africa
The Cult of Brezhnev
Andropov and the KGB Take Over
The Party Retakes Power
Chapter 13 — Who Was Gorbachev?
What Were Glasnost and Perestroika?
The Beginning of the End
Who Was Yeltsin?
Chapter 14 — The End Of The Empire
Yeltsin: A Trial Democracy
Putin: The End of Democracy
List of Major Names
About The Author