Young Stalin

Young Stalin

Book - 2007 | 1st United States ed.
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The companion to the acclaimed Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar delivers the revelatory account that finally unveils the shadowy journey from obscurity to power of the man who, along with Hitler, personifies evil. 32 pages of photographs.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
Edition: 1st United States ed.
ISBN: 9781400044658
Branch Call Number: BIO STALIN SEBAG M
Characteristics: xxxii, 460 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., maps, geneal. table ; 24 cm.


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Oct 23, 2015

Anyone interested in Russian history, or Georgian history will love this book. But so will people interested in how other people develop and change (or don't) and how personalities are shaped will find this book rivetting. Stalin and his terror need not have been - but growing up where he did, in the times he did, and with his essential personality traits made it inevitable that, when he came to power, he would act as he did. Well researched, full of previously unknown facts, stories, and memoirs, this book deserves a beach chair, a sunny week, and a few cool drinks!

May 10, 2015

This thorough, highly footnoted work is a scholarly document that details how Stalin became Stalin. The story allows us to see him as a person, his strengths and follies, his superior mind and his drive. His greatest crimes against humanity, indeed his own people, lay in the future from this story but one can see the path clearly from here. I do think there is some overly detailed reporting, a bit much flipping between name and nickname and an understandable bias against one of the greatest villains of all time, but nevertheless a readable and enlightening account.

Dec 15, 2014

thoroughly researched master piece. unbiased, insightful and very fascinating.
5 star work

Oct 24, 2009

This is a highly readable book, perhaps over-detailed for someone seeking a slightly more than cursory look at Stalin. I found it enlightening as to his character and how he rose to the top.


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