Book DescriptionThis gripping book assembles and translates into English for the first time top secret Soviet documents from 1932 to 1939, the era of Stalin’s purges. The nearly 200 documents-dossiers, police reports, private letters, secret transcripts, and more-expose the hidden inner workings of the Communist Party and the dark inhumanity of the purge process. From the Back Cover”This book is the first comprehensive study of the Great Terror of the 1930s based on previously top secret Soviet documents. It will be indispensable for all historians and researchers of communism, the USSR, and Stalinism for many decades to come.”ÑRoy A. Medvedev, author of Let History Judge “[This] book will be of great value to students of the Terror and . . . the material, such as Bukharin’s last letter, is astounding.”ÑMichael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal “As an accumulation of fresh material on Stalinism, The Road to Terror has few equals.”ÑRobert Service, Evening Standard “A riveting and important work.”ÑVirginia Quarterly Review “A most illuminating work.”ÑGeoffrey A. Hosking, Times Literary Supplement “The authors attempt to escape from the sterility of so much purge writing. . . . This is an elegant and persuasive thesis.”ÑChris Ward, American Historical Review About the AuthorJ. Arch Getty is professor of modern Russian history at the University of California, Riverside. Oleg V. Naumov is deputy director of the Moscow archive RGASPI.