Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 848 pages
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This widely acclaimed biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader, and Russian tsar.

Based on groundbreaking research, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written with bracing narrative verve, this feat of scholarly research has become a classic of modern history writing. Showing how Stalin's triumphs and crimes were the product of his fanatical Marxism and his gifted but flawed character, this is an intimate portrait of a man as complicated and human as he was brutal and chilling.




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Contents

Prologue The Holiday Dinner 8 November 1932
3
PART
23
The Kremlin Family
38
The Charmer
44
Stalin at the Weekend
58
The Politburo at the Seaside
71
Love Death and Hysteria
82
Stalin the Intellectual
93
The Winter War and Kuliks Wife
331
Brinkmanship and Delusion
337
22 June 1941
354
PART SEVEN
361
Ferocious as a Dog Zhdanov and the Siege
384
Can You Hold Moscow?
394
Molotov in London Mekhlis in the Crimea
409
Marlborough vs Wellington
418

PART
103
The Omnipotent Widower and His Loving
115
Kirov the Plot and
126
Assassination of the Favourite
132
The Rose of Novgorod
159
The Dwarf Rises Casanova Falls
167
The Tsar Rides the Metro
175
PArt Four
195
Death of a Perfect Bolshevik
210
The Massacre of Generals Fall of Yagoda
219
Blood Bath by Numbers
228
The Blackberry at Work and Play
236
The Intimate Circle of Murder
245
The Wives
255
PART Five
263
Beria and the Weariness of Hangmen
273
The Tragedy and Depravity of the Yezhovs
280
A Strange Proposal
287
PART
299
The Murder of the Wives
316
Beria
424
THE TRIUMPHANT GENIUs 19421945
433
Stalins and the Politburos
445
Stalins Song Contest
456
Roosevelt and Stalin
463
Yalta and Berlin
479
PART NINE
489
Potentate Husband Father Lover
503
A Night in the Nocturnal Life of Joseph
512
Youll Do Anything When
533
5o The Zionists Have Pulled One Over You
559
The Yiddish Actor and
573
Mrs Molotovs Arrest
585
The Leningrad Case
592
Mao Stalins Birthday and the Korean War
603
Postscript
651
Source Notes
659
Select Bibliography
743
Index
757
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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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