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Winner of the Costa Biography Award

What makes a Stalin? Was he a Tsarist agent or Lenin's bandit? Was he to blame for his wife's death? When did the killing start?

Based on revelatory research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic cobbler's son became a student priest, romantic poet, prolific lover, gangster mastermind and murderous revolutionary. Culminating in the 1917 revolution, Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling biography radically alters our understanding of the gifted politician and fanatical Marxist who shaped the Soviet empire in his own brutal image. This is the story of how Stalin became Stalin.

GENRE
Biography
RELEASED
2010
May 27
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
480
Pages
PUBLISHER
Orion
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

Casius Cow ,

Depressingly Attractive

Maybe I shouldn't be so surprised that a person who gained such a height of power must have had some force of personality in his youth.

But I naturally started a book about Stalin wanting to hate every bit of him. Instead, I found the first half of his life to be politically romantic. He's running the underground and combatting czarist Russia, a noble enemy and (at the time anyway) a stylish political philosophy. The thuggishness he wears better than Bonny and Clyde, maybe even Che Guevara. So some people die and wives are left by the way. It's a revolution. He pays Lenin's bills, leads the upstarts, charms the ladies and children, and goes native in Siberia.

If there's a moral, maybe it's to remember that evil men gain their popularity in all the familiar ways.

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