On 13th January 1953, a stunned world learned that a vast conspiracy among Jewish doctors to murder Kremlin leaders had been unmasked. Pravda reported that several of the doctors had confessed to the crime. Mass arrests followed. The Doctors' Plot, as this action came to be called, was Stalin's last great criminal conspiracy. In the years since Stalin's death many myths have grown about it, while Stalin's own motives have been the object of endless speculation. Did he himself invent it or was it engineered by subordinates who wished to eliminate Kremlin rivals? Was Stalin motivated by venomous anti-Semitism? How was this plot related to the Cold War then raging in Europe and the war in Korea? And, finally, was the Doctors' Plot connected with Stalin's convenient death? Through access to previously unseen Soviet documents, this great conundrum of Cold War politics is unravelled for the first time.
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Jonathan Brent is Editorial Director of Yale University Press, New Haven, Conneticut and founder of the widely praised 'Annals of Communism' series. His book 'The Secret World of American Communism' (1994) led to the release of classified Second World War information by the CIA and the FBI. Vladimir P Naumov is a Professor of History at Moscow State University and the leading researcher for the Presidential Commission on the Rehabilitation of Repressed Persons. He is the author of numerous articles on the Stalinist repressions of the 1930s.Review:
'Complicated, scholarly and fascinating... the best so far on the Doctors' Plot' -- Simon Sebag Montefiore, Sunday Times 'Jonathan Brent and Vladimir Naumov have been deep into the Soviet archives, from which they have constructed a chilling picture' -- Rodric Braithwaite, The Sunday Telegraph 'Rarely can the heart of darkness within the exercise of absolute power have been exposed to such effect' -- Scottish Business Insider 20040501 'In this horrifying story the authors unravel one of the dictator's last bizarre enterprises in which he urged on the discovery of a 'conspiracy' among Jewish doctors to assassinate leading Communist officials' -- Contemporary Review 20040801 'In this scrupulously researched account fo the conspiracy, the historians Brent and Naumov take us to the heart of Stalin's political sickness' -- Independent on Sunday 20040801
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