Young Stalin

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Random House LLC, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 460 pages
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Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary, and the merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image: How Stalin became Stalin.
  

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A tour de force in research and scholarship. - Goodreads
An interesting portrayal of Stalin the revolutionary. - Goodreads
It was a life no fiction writer would dare suggest. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Kane - Goodreads

“Marx is the son of an ass. What he wrote should be written as I say!” “Why should we have pity for men? We can always make more of them, but a horse, try to make a horse!” This book provides us with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christopher - Goodreads

More like a 3.5. "It was only then that Lenin removed his wig, washed off his makeup and emerged as the leader of Russia." That's sort of the book in a nutshell: breezy, melodramatic, enjoyable. I ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue The Bank Robbery
3
PART
17
Crazy Beso
29
Brawlers Wrestlers and Choirboys
37
A Hanging in Gori
46
The Poet and the Priesthood
54
Soso versus Father
68
Parties and Princes
76
Wis Stalin a Tsarist Agent?
214
PART THREE
223
Two Lost Fiancees and a Pregnant Peasant
225
The Central Committee and Glamourpuss the Schoolgirl
233
Dont Forget That Name and Be Very Wary
242
Kamos Leap and the Last Bank Robbery
249
Travels with the Mysterious Valentina
255
The Wonderful Georgian the Austrian Artist and the Old Emperor
260

Konspiratsia
84
PART
99
The Prisoner 101
100
Siberian Exile
109
Bolshevik Temptress
120
King of the Mountain
128
Fighters Urchins and Dressmakers
139
The Mountain EagleStalin Meets Lenin
145
Marriage Mayhem and Sweden
151
Pirate and Father
161
Stalin in London
169
The Game of Bandits and Cossacks
178
Stalins Stony Heart
186
Plutocrats ProtectionRackets and Piracy
192
Louse Racing Murder and MadnessPrison Games
201
River Cock and the Noblewoman
207
Betrayal in Drag
267
PART FOUR
271
Darling Im in Desperate Straits 273
272
Arctic Sex Comedy
278
The Hunter
287
The Robinson Crusoe of Siberia
293
Stalins ReindeerPropelled Sleigh
300
PART FIVE
305
The Bungled Uprising
340
Stalin Out of the Shadows
347
An Old Tyrantin Remembrance
359
Stalins Names Nicknames Bylines and Aliases
377
Source Notes
385
Select Bibliography
429
Index
439
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About the author (2008)

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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