Carl R. Trueman writes about Stalin Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power by Stephen Kotkin, Penguin, 976 pages, $25.30, over at First Things, here:

He points out that the author takes a very grand scope and succeeds.

History has lessons. We need more historians and application to circumstances today.

The article is worth the time. I expect the book is too, but that is a hefty investment. I admit I’m unlikely to get to it. Hopefully those with influence in national policies will take note, read, and learn the lessons the easy way and apply them skillfully so the rest of us have a less hard life. (We can always hope.)