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Stalin: The First In-Depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives

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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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From the author of The Last Tsar, the first full-scale life of Stalin to have what no previous biography has 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 deliberately shrouded the details of his life in tremendous secrecy, eliminating old colleagues-in-arms, personally directing purges of archives, and creating a mythology that has gone almost entirely unchallenged — until now.

As he did in his international bestseller, The Last Tsar, Radzinsky thrillingly brings the past to life. The Kremlin intrigues, the ceaseless round of double-dealing and backstabbing, 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.u

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [585]-594) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385479547
Author:
Radzinsky, Edvard
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Stalin, joseph, 1879-1953
Subject:
Heads of state
Subject:
1925-1953
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1925-1953.
Subject:
Stalin, Joseph
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 116
Publication Date:
19970831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
7.90x5.38x1.32 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From the author of The Last Tsar, the first full-scale life of Stalin to have what no previous biography has 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 deliberately shrouded the details of his life in tremendous secrecy, eliminating old colleagues-in-arms, personally directing purges of archives, and creating a mythology that has gone almost entirely unchallenged — until now.

As he did in his international bestseller, The Last Tsar, Radzinsky thrillingly brings the past to life. The Kremlin intrigues, the ceaseless round of double-dealing and backstabbing, 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.u

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