I am a pretty fast reader. I blow through magazines, books and the like in pretty short order. Except for one book, the one you see above.
The Black Book of Communism is a book written by several people about the crimes that Communism committed over the last century (many still ongoing such as North Korea). Communism as a word cracks me up a bit as basically it always ends up being a bunch of gangsters running a country and its people into the ground, all wrapped up in a "for the people" package. The only winners are those who play the game by the rules set from above. And there is a lot of waste in between. By waste, I mean people. Unfortunately.
It is always the same slogans, programs, trials, slave camps, "re-education" facilities, and firing squads.
After reading about a hundred pages or so, you see the word "shot" so many times you just pass over it. I don't see that word too many times in my normal reading, but I would guess the word "shot" is printed in this book thousands of times.
The crimes that gangsters committed under the guise of Communism in the 20th century are truly staggering. Communism is responsible for the worst acts in all of human history.
This book is really hard to explain; you just have to read it- if you have the guts. I started reading this book about three years ago and am only on page 369. Last night while the kids were handing out trick or treat candy, I picked it back up. I am on the section on Poland. I made it another four pages, and had to put it back down. I might pick it back up in another month or so. It is that tough.
And it isn't like I never read about people dying - being a WW2 nut and all.
I haven't even started China yet! I think that unless I lose the part of my brain that contains the sympathetic feelings I will finish this book sometime in 2013. My other plan is just to read ten pages a day until it is done, and get it over with quickly.