Monstrous Folly: Paul R. Gregory’s Lenin’s Brain peers into the nightmare workings of the Soviet state
Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
Author(s): Andrew Nagorski
Keywords: Soviet Union; Joseph Stalin; Gulag
Coverage: Soviet Union
Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives, by Paul R. Gregory, draws on the author’s experiences presiding over a team of scholars who have mined the Hoover Institution’s extensive collection of documents from Soviet state and party archives. The result is an enticingly short (164 pages) sampler of stories from the archives that offers a glimpse into how the Soviet system worked in all its chilling inhumanity, not just under Stalin but also under his successors.