Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy

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Crown Publishing Group, 1996 - History - 642 pages
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Joseph Stalin plunged Russia into a barbarous nightmare the likes of which the world has never seen, leaving behind a ravaged nation and a legacy of grief, but no answers. Until now. As propaganda chief of the Soviet Red Army and later chairman of the Russian Archives Declassifying Commision, General Dmitri Volkogonov enjoyed unparalleled access to the vast secret archives of the former Soviet Union.
"The first massive indictment in Russia of the dictator's entire record. . . . Volkogonov deserves a place of honor in the ranks of Russian historians."
-- "Wall Street Journal
For ten years Volkogonov studied military records, party archives, trial documents, and other long-suppressed evidence from the era of the purges. He scoured Stalin's personal records and interviewed members of Stalin's Kremlin staff as well as high-ranking party officials, top army brass, and others who knew the ruthless leader. Offering the first true glimpse of Stalin in action, this is the definitive account of the man, the time, and the tragedy.

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User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

An in-depth look at how Stalin gained and kept power, one of the nastiest monsters the world has seen, who without the slightest regret instituted policies that he knew caused the needless torture and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Justin Kirkland - Goodreads

A balanced look at Stalin, neither an condemning him entirely or lionizing him. Volkogonov is primarily interested in telling the tale of how he rose to such power, given that he wasn't brilliant, gifted, or even inspiring. Read full review

About the author (1996)

Dmitri Volkogonov was a career officer in the Soviet Red Army who, until his death in 1995, played an integral role in the demilitarization of Russia as Boris Yeltsin's most senior military advisor and as a deputy in the Russian parliament. The other books in his groundbreaking trilogy are Lenin: A New Biography and Trotsky: The Eternal Revolutionary.

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