Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secr (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 624 pages
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From the author of The 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 in The 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.


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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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User Review  - Mohammad Naeimi - Goodreads

dazzling biography about one of the fearsome dictators of all time including alot of never heard before historical facts from kgb that you can really rely on...if you really want to get to know stalin this book is for you. Read full review

Contents

The Little Ange
17
Childhood Riddles
28
The End of Soso
40
Enigmatic Koba
47
The New Koba
87
The Great Utopia
122
The Crisis Manager
177
Lenin
197
Two Leaders
446
The First Days of lVar
460
A Family in Vlartime 24 Onward to Victory 25 The Leaders Plan
493
The Return of Fear
527
The Apocalypse That Never Was 28 The Last Secret
566
Afterward
568
Selected Bibliography
586
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l2 The Country at Breaking Point 13 The Dreadful Year
272
The Congress of Victors
306
The Bloodbath Begins 16 The People of My Wrath Destroyed
337
The Fall of The Partys Favorite
358
Creation of a New Country 19 Night Life
386
Tending Terrors Sacred Flame 21 Toward the Great Dream
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About the author (2011)

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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