IN THE REVIEW

On Dictatorship

The Great Terror: Stalin's Purge of the Thirties

by Robert Conquest
Robert Conquest’s impressive book is not a definitive study of the crimes perpetrated by the Soviet dictatorship during the limited period between the murder of Kirov (December 1934) and the fall of Yezhov, the chief of the secret police, four years later. A truly definitive study cannot be undertaken without …