Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 848 pages
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This widely acclaimed biography provides a vivid and riveting account of Stalin and his courtiers—killers, fanatics, women, and children—during the terrifying decades of his supreme power. In a seamless meshing of exhaustive research and narrative ?lan, Simon Sebag Montefiore gives us the everyday details of a monstrous life.We see Stalin playing his deadly game of power and paranoia at debauched dinners at Black Sea villas and in the apartments of the Kremlin. We witness first-hand how the dictator and his magnates carried out the Great Terror and the war against the Nazis, and how their families lived in this secret world of fear, betrayal, murder, and sexual degeneracy. Montefiore gives an unprecedented understanding of Stalin’s dictatorship, and a Stalin as human and complicated as he is brutal.


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Montefiore has written what will be the defining book on Stalin for years to come. He portrays in great historical detail every aspect of Stalin and his inner circle, and remarkably shows Stalin ... Read full review

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Contents

The Murder of the Wives
321
22 June 1941
354
PART SEVEN
360
Zhdanov and the Siege
387
Can You Hold 1loscow?
394
Molotov in London Ilekhlis in the Crimea
409
1larlb0rough vs VVellington
418
Beria
424

PART
102
The Omnipotent VVidower and His Loving
115
Kirov the Plot and
129
The Connoisseur of Funerals
153
The Rose otNovgorod
159
I4 The Dwarf Rises Casanova Falls
167
The Tsar Rides the lIetro
184
Berias Poison
197
Death ofa Perfect Bolshevik
210
The ilassacre of Generals Fall ofYagoda
219
Blood Bath by Numbers
228
The Blackberry at Work and Play
236
The Intimate Circle of IIurder
245
The Wives
255
PART FIVE
262
Stalins Jewesses and the Family in Danger 265
273
The Tragedy and Depravity of the Yezhovs
280
A Strange Proposal
287
THE GREAT GAME HITLER AND STALIN I939I94
298
PART EIGHT
433
Stalins and the Politburds
445
Stalins Song Contest
456
Roosevelt and Stalin
463
Yalta and Berlin
479
PART NINE
488
Potentate Husband Father Lover
502
A Night in the Nocturnal Life ofoseph
512
Youre Drunk
532
Zhdanov the Heir and Abakumovs Bloody Carpet
538
Destruction of the Old Guard
626
tcrit
659
Assassination of the Favourite
679
Select Bibliography
742
Index
757
612
763
626
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638
777
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About the author (2007)

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia. Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography prizes in Britain. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar was awarded the History Book of the Year Prize at the 2004 British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Prize (UK) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). His books are world bestsellers, published now in 35 languages. He is the author of a new novel, Sashenka. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. For more details, visit: www.simonsebagmontefiore.com


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