Beria: Stalin's First Lieutenant

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Princeton University Press, 1995 - History - 312 pages
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This is the first comprehensive biography of Lavrentii Beria, Stalin's notorious police chief and for many years his most powerful lieutenant. Beria has long symbolized all the evils of Stalinism, haunting the public imagination both in the West and in the former Soviet Union. Yet because his political opponents expunged his name from public memory after his dramatic arrest and execution in 1953, little has been previously published about his long and tumultuous career.

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User Review  - Katie Lynn - Goodreads

Very thorough and informative. It seemed relatively unbiased from my limited view. It was difficult for me at first due to the number of foreign names I needed to keep straight in my head, but overall I'm glad I read it. Read full review

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

The book seemed to make Beria a hero that wanted to open up to the West by allowing German reunification.....Me thinks thats bullshit... Read full review

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Amy Knight has a Ph.D. in Russian politics from the London School of Economics. She has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, and is a world expert in Soviet and Russian security services. She has written for "The New York Times," "The Times Literary Supplement," "The Washington Post," and "The New York Review of Books," Her four previous books, "The KGB: Police and Politics in the Soviet Union" (1988), "Beria: Stalin's First Lieutenant" (1993), "Spies Without Cloaks: The KGB Successors" (1996), and "Who Killed Kirov? The Kremlin's Greatest Mystery" (1999), have all received prominent international attention.

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