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  NCPA Debate Central -- The Black Book of Communism
Black Book, written by six former proponents of communism or fellow travelers, properly notes that both Nazism and communism murdered people not for what they did, but for who they were.
Communism compiled a lengthy enemies list, which included political parties, clergy, intellectuals, shopkeepers, many ethnic groups, and other "socially dangerous elements." Enemies were starved and worked to death; executed with bullets, shovels, and hammers; devoured by dogs; lit on fire; and made to kill one another for their capturers' amusement.
Black Book puts to rest the odious fiction that has softened communism's image for so long: that communism was the salvation of the downtrodden.
www.ncpa.org /debate2/blackbook.html   (1071 words)

  
  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: The Black Book of Communism   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is a book authored by several European academics and senior researchers from CNRS, and edited by Dr. St├ęphane Courtois.
It attempts to catalog various crimes (murders, deportations, torture incidents, etc.) that the book argues resulted from the pursuit of communism (in the context of the book, this mainly refers to the actions of Communist states).
Among the alleged crimes of capitalism are deaths resulting from colonialism and imperialism, repressions of the working class and trade unions in the 19th century and 20th century, pro-western dictatorships during the Cold War, and the sharp return to capitalism in former communist states after 1990.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/The-Black-Book-of-Communism   (1993 words)

  
  The Arithmetic of Atrocity.(Review) (book reviews) - Encyclopedia.com
The book, timed to coincide with the eightieth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, sold 150,000 copies and produced a storm of controversy, whose waves reached the shores of Cambridge and Manhattan.
Books about communism and atrocities sell well: they are the thinking person's equivalent of the horror movie.
At the time of the book's publication there were three communist ministers in the French government, and some of the book's eleven authors were themselves recovering Maoists and Trotskyites.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1G1-58381632.html   (3316 words)

  
  The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression [Book Review]   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For anyone who doubts that communism produced anything but scores of millions murdered in the service of a higher ideal, the evidence is presented here in all its ghastly detail.
The strength and importance of The Black Book is that the compendium of horrors it presents is itself an answer to all the spurious arguments of Communist apologists.
Communism was a warped religion, one with its own saints, its own founding fathers, and its own group of heretics and renegades.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft0002/reviews/radosh.html   (1366 words)

  
 The Black Book of Communism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is a book authored by several European academics and senior researchers from CNRS, and edited by Dr. St├ęphane Courtois.
It attempts to catalog various crimes (murders, deportations, torture incidents, etc.) that the book argues resulted from the pursuit of communism (in the context of the book, this mainly refers to the actions of Communist states).
Among the alleged crimes of capitalism are deaths resulting from colonialism and imperialism, repressions of the working class and trade unions in the 19th century and 20th century, pro-western dictatorships during the Cold War, and the sharp return to capitalism in former communist states after 1990.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Black_Book_of_Communism   (944 words)

  
 Barnes & Noble.com - Books: The Black Book of Communism, by Stephane Courtois, Hardcover
An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.
[T]he authors of The Black Book of Communism are part of a welcome change in the moral-political landscape in Paris, and one hopes elsewhere, as a result of which liberal and left-of-center intellectuals, scholars and politicians judge the crimes of communist regimes with the same severity they've applied to those of Nazism and fascism.
The book is stuffed full of irrefutable facts (obtained from the archives of the Communists themselves) concerning the massacre, slavery, and oppression Communists, as a matter of principle, subject the people to.
search.barnesandnoble.com /booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0674076087   (1875 words)

  
 Welcome to the Stanford Review [v1.5]
The Black Book of Communism offers a single thesis - that Communism as practiced in Europe and Asia was a massively criminal system, existing in a state of war against its own people.
The Black Book draws up a list of charges against Communism, most noticeably its staggering death toll, but also the prison camps present in every Communist country, the massive deportation of racial minorities, and the loss of human liberty and dignity under the control of a totalitarian state.
In Asian Communism, an inverse caste system developed based on the social origins of one's ancestors, with the sin of bourgeois ancestry passed down from father to son.
www.stanford.edu /group/sreview/Archive/XXIVno1/books.html   (1329 words)

  
 "The Black Book of Communism"
Written by scholars who are ex-communists or former fellow travelers, the book establishes beyond doubt that communism is the greatest crime against humanity in the 20th century.
Furthermore, the authors dispel the myth that the horrors of communism were the result of good communism gone bad or some particular person betraying communism.
Communism is, in and of itself, a criminal enterprise in which the modus operandi is terror, repression and homicide.
www.autentico.org /oa09347.php   (679 words)

  
 The Darwinian foundation of communism
Many of the central architects of communism, including Stalin, Lenin, Marx and Engels, accepted the worldview portrayed in the book of Genesis until they were introduced to Darwin and other contemporary thinkers, which ultimately resulted in their abandoning that worldview.
Consequently, an important cornerstone of communism was to take away the opium (religion) from the people and convince them that they should eat, drink and be merry now, for tomorrow they may die (and to have the resources to eat, drink and be merry, they should steal from the rich and the successful).
To ensure that communism maintains its power base, it is necessary to indoctrinate people against religion, especially the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religions, which stress that depriving people of their property without due compensation is wrong and that killing people to take away their property is a grievous sin.
www.answersingenesis.org /tj/v15/i1/communism.asp   (5452 words)

  
 Discussions - The Black Book of Communism
I believe that communism was a good idea, but it was carried out in a HORRIBLE manner, which basically whent against all of the original purposes and beliefs of communism.
It seems that indeed victims of communism are the "forgotten victims" We seem to neglect the facts that so many people died under it, yet we never for a second forget the holocaust.
Communism, on the other hand, promotes neither violence nor genocide (discounting the references to a popular revolution, but at no point does the Manifesto state that it has to be done through violent means).
www.learntoquestion.com /class/discussion/printthread.php?t=970   (5563 words)

  
 The Black Book of Communism. Excerpts from the introduction and conclusion with comments from an evolutionary ...   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Thus the Communist trajectory, as The Black Book traces it from Petrograd to the China Seas, inevitably suggests that ideology, not social process, fueled the movement's meteoric rise, and that ideology's practical failure produced its precipitate fall.
This book is one of the first attempts to study Communism with a focus on its criminal dimensions, in both the central regions of Communist rule and the farthest reaches of the globe.
Communism had nothing to do with science as she portends any more that Catholicism is the embodiment of science.
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 Discussions - The Black Book of Communism
Communism still is going on and was going on before Nazism so people pay less attention to it becuse it is just there and no onw cares.
Communism fell in many countries less than 20 years ago so perhaps more time is needed for the public to learn about the crimes of communism, for more historians to write books on the subject.
Communism was not a bad idea but they took it the other way going what Stalin did, killing his own people who opposed him.
www.learntoquestion.com /class/discussion/showthread.php?p=19324   (3398 words)

  
 The Black Book of Communism
The contributors to the book include some of the finest scholars from both East and West, who have drawn extensively on new archival findings.
The book ends with a 30-page conclusion by Stephane Courtois, "Pourquois?," which tries to come to grips with the destruction and terror that have been extensively cataloged in the previous 800 pages.
In addition to the introduction, the five main parts, and the conclusion, the book features several dozen full texts or excerpts of recently declassified (and, with a few exceptions, previously unpublished) documents as sidebars.
www.fas.harvard.edu /~hpcws/lelivrenoir.htm   (965 words)

  
 The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression [Book Review]
Moreover, there are no museums testifying to the evils of communism, no memorials to communism’s victims, and no Gulag camps maintained as re minders to new generations of the crimes committed by Communist regimes.
The strength and importance of The Black Book is that the compendium of horrors it presents is itself an answer to all the spurious arguments of Communist apologists.
Communism was a warped religion, one with its own saints, its own founding fathers, and its own group of heretics and renegades.
www.leaderu.com /ftissues/ft0002/reviews/radosh.html   (1366 words)

  
 Frontline Fellowship - Working for Reformation & Praying for Revival
This book is one of the first attempts to study Communism with a focus on its criminal dimensions...
The Foreword for the English translation of The Black Book is written by Martin Malia, professor of history at the University of California, Berkley.
Communism’s recourse to ‘permanent civil war’ rested on the ‘scientific’ Marxist belief in class struggle as the ‘violent midwife of history,’ in Marx’s famous metaphor.
www.frontline.org.za /articles/blackbook_communism.htm   (2575 words)

  
 A biased but intriguing study of Communism - Jean-Louis Margolin et al - The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, ...
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression was written by a number of French scholars in a effort to examine the crimes of the Communist regimes that had been a complete secret until these regimes collapsed suddenly in 1989.
The book begins by focusing on the ideals that are involved in the ideas and writings of Marx and Lenin, which call for class war by workers to overthrow capitalism and establish a "dictatorship of the proletariat".
The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression does admit this in the case of Stalin's policies during the 1930s, but it fails to consider how these facts are used logically by Trotskyite and anarchist groups to argue that the "Communist" regimes described herein were not in fact "socialist" but rather state capitalist.
www.epinions.com /content_103559040644   (1901 words)

  
 Research for Vampire Nation, Nicolae Ceausescu, Communism, and Dracula
THE BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM: Crimes, Terror, Repression, by Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panné, Andrzej Paczkowski, Karel Bartosek, Jean-Louis Margolin.
Authors demonstrate that: (1) Communism was a unified worldwide movement, and not disparate national liberation movements, and (2) that totalitarianism, repression, and mass murder are rooted in Communist ideology, and are not aberrations from "true Communism." This book shows "why we fought" the Cold War.
Comic books and graphic novels of related interest include The Red Star (a futurist alternate universe that combines communism and the supernatural) and Commies From Mars (an underground sci-fi satire, with sexually graphic imagery).
www.communistvampires.com /research.htm   (1460 words)

  
 The spectre returns! - A political evaluation of Schwarzbuch des Kommunismus [The Black Book of Communism]
It opens with an extensive indictment--how could it be otherwise in a society deeply divided and careering towards the edge of an abyss: once and for all an end should be made to communism's call for equality, justice and a free society.
A sociologist would explain that the radical youth protests of the 1960s were directed against the wealth of a society from which the students were largely excluded.
Sixty years ago at the Moscow Trials, when many of the most outstanding leaders of the revolution were condemned on the basis of false charges and then executed, several democratic governments sent their own observers to the trials.
www.wsws.org /polemics/1998/jul1998/blck-j15.shtml   (1472 words)

  
 Black Book of Communism - Stephane Courtous at el
The Black Book of Communism, which is finally appearing in English, is an extraordinary and almost unspeakably chilling book.
It is a major study that deepens our understanding of Communism and poses a philosophical and political challenge that cannot be ignored.
It is that, given the nature and the magnitude of the crimes committed in its name, communism was fully the equal of Nazism as one of the supreme evils of our century.
www.newsweekly.com.au /books/0647076087.html   (229 words)

  
 Socialist Party of Canada - Wallace's Corner
In the wake of the breakup of the old USSR, and the emergence of a China wanting to join the WTO, the book is being used as a new ideological weapon in the ranks of the political right proclaiming all "communism" as inherently evil.
The authors charge that "Communism" (describing every regime from the USSR, to the Eastern European state capitalist "people's democracies", the Ethiopian military dictatorship, Cambodia's Pol Pot, leftist regimes, China, Cuba, etc.) were responsible for the deaths of 100 million people.
But the book is misnamed because the regimes referred to by the authors as "communist" were in fact state capitalist.
www.worldsocialism.org /canada/wc00011a.htm   (1190 words)

  
 Anne Applebaum -- Dead Souls: Tallying the Victims of Communism
Nevetheless, the book, published in Paris in 1927, was one of the first to describe the Soviet Union's earliest political prisons, located on the Solovetsky Islands in the White Sea.
Any book publisher will tell you that gloom doesn't sell, and the "Black Book" is essentially a catalogue of gloom: torture, murder, political repression, artificial famine, terror and terrorism, without much by the way of politics or social history to lighten the atmosphere.
This, in fact, is the other aspect of the Black Book which makes it different and more powerful than its predecessors: now, at the end of the twentieth century, it finally makes sense to look back at the evolution of communism as a single phenomenon.
www.anneapplebaum.com /communism/1999/12_16_weekst_blackbook.html   (3228 words)

  
 2blowhards.com: Moviegoing: "Black Book"
"Black Book" is a real movie, not some media-thing that's being hustled through theaters on its way to what it has really been optimized for, the home video screen.
A note for film maniacs: "Black Book" is very reminiscent of Verhoeven's early WWII film "Soldier of Orange"; Verhoeven even worked on "Black Book" with Gerard Soeteman, his "Soldier of Orange" screenwriter.
Today, with the collapse of Communism, and the evident failure of socialism, this dichotomy is breaking down, and about time too.
www.2blowhards.com /archives/2007/04/black_book_1.html   (1455 words)

  
 THE BLACK BOOK OF COMMUNISM... NONE DARE CALL IT SOCIALISM II
My one carp is that the book, like so many others, refers to the former as Nazism and the latter as communism, and rarely as either Soviet Socialism, International Revolutionary Socialism and the latter never as National Socialism.
The book is divided into sections by country or region with different authors.
This book deserves to be on the shelves of freedom lovers the world over, right next to Solzhenitsyn’s tomes and Anne Appelbaum’s ‘Gulag: A History’.
www.etherzone.com /2006/beam121906.shtml   (1268 words)

  
 The Myth of True Communism
Rather than judge Communism as it exists, P recommends that I "study Marxism." P suggests that to gain enlightenment, one should ignore reality, ignore history, and instead concentrate on theory, as expounded in the voluminous writings of Marx, Engels, and thousands of academics.
Communism exploits envy, and instills hate, by claiming that the "haves" have it because they stole it.
Communism isn't vampirism, capitalism is. Workers/managment make all the money for business, yet they are paid what is minimum for survival, whereas property owners are given the king's share, simply by virtue of their ownership."
www.communistvampires.com /articles/truecom.htm   (1251 words)

  
 Harvard University Press: The Black Book of Communism : Crimes, Terror, Repression by Stéphane Courtois
Astonishing in the sheer detail it amasses, the book is the first comprehensive attempt to catalogue and analyze the crimes of Communism over seventy years.
As the death toll mounts—as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on—the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression.
An extraordinary accounting, this book amply documents the unparalleled position and significance of Communism in the hierarchy of violence that is the history of the twentieth century.
www.hup.harvard.edu /catalog/COUBLA.html   (372 words)

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