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Publisher Description

Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize

This thrilling 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 in captivating detail the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written with extraordinary narrative verve, this magnificent 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.

GENRE
Biography
RELEASED
2010
June 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
820
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orion
SIZE
6.3
MB

Customer Reviews

Julieanna1972 ,

A grimly fascinating account.

Have been meaning to read this for some time and have finally got round to it. Absolutely riveting from start to finish- how on earth Stalin could murder tens of millions of people and hide it, just beggars belief. But Josef Vissarionovich was no run-of-the-mill monster. Montefiore paints a picture of a truly complex individual, a man capable of both tender love, the cold-blooded elimination of close family and friends, extreme political paranoia, systemic attack on Russian peasantry and at times, impromptu generosity and a desire to reach out for human warmth in his private moments. The Court of the Red Tsar describes a truly "cannibalistic" ruling cabal over a 25 year period. How ANYONE was left to survive being that close to this master of divide-and-rule, is a miracle.Highly recommended reading. A real page-turner of a history book.

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