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The Harvest of Sorrow


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Robert Conquest is Senior Research Fellow and Scholar-Curator of the East European Collection at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of numerous books on Soviet studies and has published poetry, criticism, and fiction.


Conquest has a terrible story to tell. He examines Stalin's assault on the Soviet peasantry at the end of the 1920s and, in particular, his genocideno other word will doof the Ukrainian people in the human-made famine of 1932-33. His horrific details, drawn from Soviet as well as Western sources, lead Conquest to conclude that as many as 14.5 million died in the years 1930-37 as a result of Stalin's terror against the peasantry: five million came from the Ukraine alone. These facts, and the ghastly details behind them, are not widely known in the West. In addition, they are officially denied by the Soviets to this day. This account by a leading scholar should help to make the story better known. R.H. Johnston, History Dept., McMaster Univ . , Hamilton, Ontario

"A fine, thoroughly documented full-dress historical study of this genocidal campaign. Conquest grabs his reader at the start."--National Review
"Vital to understanding 'Stalin's revolution.'"--Patrick J. Rollins, Old Dominion University
"The Harvest of Sorrow is not just a heroic work of scholarship, but an embarrassment to Mikhail Gorbachev and an antidote to wishful thinking about the Soviet Union."*
"Essential reading for those who wish to understand the nature of the Soviet system...likely to become a classic."--The Wall Street Journal
"The Harvest of Sorrow is essential reading for those who wish to understand the nature of the Soviet system, and like Mr. Conquest's earlier account of Stalin's purges of the 1930s, The Great Terror, it is likely to become a classic."--The Wall Street Journal
"The most comprehensive history of the Soviet agricultural crisis....Also the most vivid portrayal of one of the great crimes against humanity of the twentieth century."--American Historical Review
"The first major scholarly book on the horrors [of Soviet collectivization]....Conquest has succeeded in restoring [the peasants'] human faces."--Time
"A very good book of its kind."--T.E. Smuck, University of Hawaii
"A superb book on a fascinating topic."--Bruce F. Adams, University of Louisville
"A superb book on one of the most important questions in Soviet history."--Herbert Ellison, University of Washington
"Excellent....It contains information on the Stalinist era, especially the consequences of collectivization, unavailable in any other book on Soviet society."--L.M. Kowal, University of Michigan
"[A] superb work of history."--Newsweek
"Meticulously researched...Robert Conquest presents a chilling account of Stalin's regime cold bloodedly killing twenty million of its own subjects."--The Washington Post Book World
"Powerful and well-documented."--The New Republic
"An excellent book....It is an eye-opener about a period of Soviet history that has been systematically falsified and ignored too often."--Steven M. Miner, Ohio University
"A carefully researched and superbly written study. It deals with a period, and a set of problems, that rank among the most important (and most neglected) of Soviet historical studies."--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"A comprehensive record of what may stand as the crime of the century."--The Chicago Tribune
"Brilliant and brutal. Should be required reading for all of Gorbachev's apologists."--John C.K. Daly, Kansas State University
"Absolutely essential to an understanding of the Soviet Union....Meticulously researched and well-written and the only comprehensive study of the appalling tragedy which befell in the Ukraine during collectivization."--Charles W. Chappius, Chicago State University

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