I keep running into tankies on left book that act as if Stalin wasn't a despot but did the best with what he had and should be appreciated. I know as an American I was inundated with bad info about all "socialist" countries. And most of the info describing Stalin's abuses is largely useful propoganda. But it is undeniable to me he was an authoritarian shit heel. But the source I've cleaned this from is largely Chomsky and want to expand my knowledge.
What's a good source for why Lenin and Stalin betrayed the revolution that isn't propogandized? That has accurate numbers of their body counts? I get tankies will never be convinced but I want to to know the information for myself