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In the Soviet Union, bribery was a skill with its own practices and culture. James Heinzen’s innovative and compelling study examines corruption under Stalin’s dictatorship in the wake of World War II, focusing on bribery as an enduring and important presence in many areas of Soviet life. Based on extensive research in recently declassified Soviet archives, The Art of the In the Soviet Union, bribery was a skill with its own practices and culture. James Heinzen’s innovative and compelling study examines corruption under Stalin’s dictatorship in the wake of World War II, focusing on bribery as an enduring and important presence in many areas of Soviet life. Based on extensive research in recently declassified Soviet archives, The Art of the Bribe offers revealing insights into the Soviet state, its system of law and repression, and everyday life during the years of postwar Stalinism.


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In the Soviet Union, bribery was a skill with its own practices and culture. James Heinzen’s innovative and compelling study examines corruption under Stalin’s dictatorship in the wake of World War II, focusing on bribery as an enduring and important presence in many areas of Soviet life. Based on extensive research in recently declassified Soviet archives, The Art of the In the Soviet Union, bribery was a skill with its own practices and culture. James Heinzen’s innovative and compelling study examines corruption under Stalin’s dictatorship in the wake of World War II, focusing on bribery as an enduring and important presence in many areas of Soviet life. Based on extensive research in recently declassified Soviet archives, The Art of the Bribe offers revealing insights into the Soviet state, its system of law and repression, and everyday life during the years of postwar Stalinism.

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    Paula

    Thanks to Goodreads and James Heinzen for a free copy of The Art of the Bribe: Corruption under Stalin, 1943-1953. The author focuses on the decade between WW2 and Stalin's death, years that he considers to be "pivotal in the evolution of corruption in Soviet times." His perspective is unique as this time period has been virtually ignored by other scholars writing about Soviet corruption. The Art of the Bribe is written in a manner that is both interesting and informative. It is clearly well res Thanks to Goodreads and James Heinzen for a free copy of The Art of the Bribe: Corruption under Stalin, 1943-1953. The author focuses on the decade between WW2 and Stalin's death, years that he considers to be "pivotal in the evolution of corruption in Soviet times." His perspective is unique as this time period has been virtually ignored by other scholars writing about Soviet corruption. The Art of the Bribe is written in a manner that is both interesting and informative. It is clearly well researched and well organized, with extensive notes and a thorough bibliography. You don't need to be a scholar to read and enjoy this book. It is timely reading material for this political climate and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in politics and history.

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