Stalin : The First In-Depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives (Paperback) - Radzinsky, Edvard

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The best-selling author of The Last Tsar draws on eyewitness testimony and previously unavailable archive materials to present a definitive portrait of the tyrannical Soviet leader, his life, political career, and influence on the USSR. Simultaneous. *Author: Radzinsky, Edvard *Subtitle: The First In-Depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russias Secret Archives *Publication Date: 1997/09/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 9.00

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780385479547
SKU 30055493
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385479549
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 5.75L x 1.5T
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"A remarkable and gripping biography that may change the way we view Stalin and will certainly change many of the interpretations of his life."
"You'll remain spellbound for a terrifying tale, told in full for the first time...Imagine if our country's worst secrets--the Manhattan Project, the Nixon tapes, the Pentagon Papers, Iran-Contra, and far worse--all came tumbling out in one Tolstoyan narrative....The frightening current of Stalinist nostalgia in Russia raises Radzinsky's work of historical genius to immediate import."
"...Mr. Radzinsky is a gripping storyteller, and he does not disappoint here. He has a sure eye for the striking anecdote, especially concerning personal details....Himself a playwright and a product of the Soviet literary world, Mr. Radzinsky provides especially valuable insight into the ambivalent relationship between Stalin and writers like Mikhail Bulgakov, Osip Mandelstam, and Boris Pasternak....This biography deserves the wide readership that it will no doubt receive."
"...a compulsively readable account of Stalin's life, much of it based on documents recently made available from Stalin's personal archive and the Archive of the Soviet Communist Party. Radzinsky's Stalin emerges as the ultimate political chess master, endowed with uncanny foresight, who sacrificed people instead of chess pieces to achieve his ends."
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Editors Note 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 Russias 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 Stalins 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: Stalins 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 Unions Jews to concentration camps-tantamount to a potential second Holocaust. Radzinsky also takes an intimate look at Stalins 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 Empires 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.
Editors Note 1 Edvard Radzinsky, author of "The Last Tsar", is "a gripping storyteller (who) does not disappoint here" ("The New York Times Book Review"). Radzinsky paints a picture of the Soviet strongman as more calculating, ruthless, and blood-crazed than has ever been described or imagined. photo insert.
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