Some quotes from the book:
"If she doesn't shut her mouth the Party will appoint old Elena Stasova as Lenin's widow in her place!" Vasilieva citing Stalin.
"Intelligent, beautiful, and as delicate-looking as porcelain, Alexandra Kollontai put women's sexuality at the center of the Communist agenda."
"What is rarely mentioned is that the revolutionaries fought a small detachment of palace gaurds and the Petrograd Battalion of Women. In other words, the Bolsheviks' victory that night was over women."
"The Kremlin, the seat of Soviet power, was also a vast communal apartment complex."
"Even the best parents ruin their children by bringing them up at home." Lyadov-Mandelstam.
"Can a collective person be produced in an individual family? To this we must say a categorical no." Lyadov-Mandelstam.
"No Kremlin wife's opinion was ever officially welcomed. Those who challenged that fact--such as Molotov's wife, Zhemchuzhina, as we shall see--were promptly arrested."
"We're creating a new state," she wrote. "People need us. It would be hypocritical to deny ourselves the things people always acquire when they come to power."
"Larissa Reisner was a tangle of contradictions. She could turn simple immorality into an exploit. Osip Mandelstam recalled that Larissa once threw a party solely to enable Cheka agents to arrest the guests."
"She cast her lot with him like a tiny sailboat drawn to a giant ocean-going steamer." Svetlana Alliluyeva describing her mother's relationship to Stalin.
"He went so far as to offer to shoot his wife, an impulse evidently familiar to many Kremlin men in those days."
"This time she found the beaches empty. All the fashionable women from last season were now in jail."
"As the Soviet system scythed and leveled its human resources, fear was a daily staple and worked its way deep into the Russian character."
"The personal has no social significance." Kaganovich.
"A large quantity of male debauchery." From an official inventory of Beria's office.
"Stalin wanted to create a mighty state, and he succeeded. Of course there had to be victims. But no politician then could see any other path that would us to our precious goal without victims." Nina Beria.
"...Kremlin life is part of a complex distribution system of privilege that must always be kept a secret."