Stalin: the first in-depth biography based on explosive new documents from Russia's secret archives

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Doubleday, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 607 pages
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From the author ofThe Last Tsar, the first full-scale life of Stalin to have what no previous biography has entirely gotten hold of: the facts. Granted privileged access to Russia's secret archives, Edvard Radzinsky paints a picture of the Soviet strongman as more calculating, ruthless, and blood-crazed than has ever been described or imagined. Stalin was a man for whom power was all, terror a useful weapon, and deceit a constant companion. As Radzinsky narrates the high drama of Stalin's epic quest for domination-first within the Communist Party, then over the Soviet Union and the world-he uncovers the startling truth about this most enigmatic of historical figures. Only now, in the post-Soviet era, can what was suppressed be told: Stalin's long-denied involvement with terrorism as a young revolutionary; the crucial importance of his misunderstood, behind-the-scenes role during the October Revolution; his often hostile relationship with Lenin; the details of his organization of terror, culminating in the infamous show trials of the 1930s; his secret dealings with Hitler, and how they backfired; and the horrifying plans he was making before his death to send the Soviet Union's Jews to concentration camps-tantamount to a potential second Holocaust. Radzinsky also takes an intimate look at Stalin's private life, marked by his turbulent relationship with his wife Nadezhda, and recreates the circumstances that led to her suicide. As he did inThe Last Tsar, Radzinsky thrillingly brings the past to life. The Kremlin intrigues, the ceaseless round of double-dealing and back-stabbing, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class-all become, in Radzinsky's hands, as gripping and powerful as the great Russian sagas. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might--and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history--is solved. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Well researched and compelling - read like a novel. - Goodreads
Great writer; great access to materials. - Goodreads
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Ever since the day I was introduced to history in my schooling days it became one of my pet subjects. I just had the urge to understand how it was way before my time. Of of all the topics which ... Read full review

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I read this book for a history class that I was taking and let me state that it was worth it. This was a good biography about a very interesting historical figure, Stalin was called the man of steel ... Read full review


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Edvard Radzinsky is the author of the bestselling "The Last Tsar, Stalin, " and "The Rasputin File." He is one of Russia's most celebrated playwrights. He lives in Moscow, where he is also an award-winning television personality.

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