Books: A Monster Brought to Life

LET HISTORY JUDGE

by Roy Medvedev

Translated by George Shriver

Columbia University

903 pages; $57.50

When Roy Medvedev's momentous study of Stalinism, Let History Judge, was first published in the West in 1971, readers marveled. How could a Soviet citizen, laboring in Russia, have produced a work so rich in documentation, so scrupulous as scholarship and, above all, so harrowingly vivid in its recounting of the calamities inflicted by Stalin on his country? In the West there was nothing to rival it in scope. In the Soviet Union, where the book circulated among scholars, it restored a long-abandoned standard of professional...

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