J.V. Stalin’s Doctrine of the Socialist State – A. Vyshinsky
This is an example of the aesthetic from the Stalinist period, obviously. Books from this era are full of little curlycues, and try to evoke an almost Romanesque feeling. High empire style, 1951. Vyshinsky, an old friend of Stalin’s, was a diplomat and Soviet politician, but is most famous as the prosecutor of the ‘Show Trials’ of the 1930’s, in which he made the dubious cases against Bukharin et al. All this despite a Menshevik past.