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Best Stalin Books Reviewed & Ranked

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1. Stalin: A Biography (2006)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedOverthrowing the conventional image of Stalin as an uneducated political administrator inexplicably transformed into a pathological killer, Robert Service reveals a more complex and fascinating story behind this notorious twentieth-century figure. Drawing on unexplored archives and personal testimonies gathered from across Russia and Georgia, this is the first full-scale biography of the Soviet dictator in twenty years.Service describes in unprecedented detail the first half of Stalin’s life–his childhood in Georgia as the son of a violent, drunkard father and a…
Author(s): Robert Service

2. Stalin (2019)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedOn 20th August 1940 Trotsky’s life was brutally ended when a Stalinist agent brought an ice pick crashing down on his head. Among the works left unfinished was the second part of his biography of Stalin.Trotsky’s Stalin is unique in Marxist literature in that it attempts to explain some of the most decisive events of the 20th century, not just in terms of epoch-making economic and social transformations, but in the individual psychology of one of the protagonists in a great historical drama. It is a fascinating study of the way in which the peculiar character of an individual, his personal traits and psychology, interacts…
Author(s): Leon Trotsky

3. Breaking Stalin’s Nose (2013)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedSasha Zaichik has known the laws of the Soviet Young Pioneers since the age of six:The Young Pioneer is devoted to Comrade Stalin, the Communist Party, and Communism.A Young Pioneer is a reliable comrade and always acts according to conscience.A Young Pioneer has a right to criticize shortcomings.But now that it is finally time to join the Young Pioneers, the day Sasha has awaited for so long, everything seems to go awry. He breaks a classmate’s glasses with a snowball. He accidentally damages a bust of Stalin in the school hallway. And worst of all, his father, the best Communist he knows, was arrested just…
Author(s): Eugene Yelchin

4. Young Stalin (2008)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedThis revelatory account unveils how Stalin became Stalin, examining his shadowy journey from obscurity to power—from master historian Simon Sebag Montefiore.   Based on ten years of research, Young Stalin—companion to the prizewinning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar—is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR, a chronicle of the Revolution, and an intimate biography.  Montefiore tells the story of a charismatic, darkly turbulent boy born into poverty, scarred by his upbringing but possessed of unusual talents. Admired as a romantic poet and trained as a priest, he found his true…
Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore

5. Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives (1993)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedForty years after his Hitler: A Study in Tyranny set a standard for scholarship of the Nazi era, Lord Alan Bullock gives readers a breathtakingly accomplished dual biography that places Adolf Hitler’s origins, personality, career, and legacy alongside those of Joseph Stalin–his implacable antagonist and moral mirror image. #645,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #720 in Historical Germany Biographies #577 in Historical Russia Biographies #891 in Russian & Former Soviet Union Politics Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Alan Bullock

6. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 (2018)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & Ranked  In 1929, Joseph Stalin, having already achieved dictatorial power over the vast Soviet Empire, formally ordered the systematic conversion of the world’s largest peasant economy into “socialist modernity,” otherwise known as collectivization, regardless of the cost.   What it cost, and what Stalin ruthlessly enacted, transformed the country and its ruler in profound and enduring ways. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became. Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler,…
Author(s): Stephen Kotkin

7. Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia’s Secret Archives (1997)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedFrom the author of The Last Tsar, the first full-scale life of Stalin to have what no previous biography has fully obtained: 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…
Author(s): Edvard Radzinsky

8. Stalin Waiting For … The Truth! (2019)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedIn October 2017 Stephen Kotkin, professor of history at Princeton University, published “Stalin. Waiting for Hitler, 1929 – 1941.” In it, Kotkin accuses Soviet leader Joseph Stalin of dozens of terrible crimes and atrocities.The appearance of Kotkin’s scholarship is daunting: 909 pages of text, more than 5200 footnotes, and 47 pages of bibliography in tiny, triple-column type. But Grover Furr has carefully and methodically studied every one of the hundreds of allegations of atrocity, crime, and misdeeds of any kind that Kotkin attributes to Stalin and his closest advisers. Furr has checked every reference, every article and…
Author(s): Grover Furr

9. Stalin’s Genocides (Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity) (2011)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedBetween the early 1930s and his death in 1953, Joseph Stalin had more than a million of his own citizens executed. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, bloody massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin’s henchmen. Stalin’s Genocides is the chilling story of these crimes. The book puts forward the important argument that brutal mass killings under Stalin in the 1930s were indeed acts of genocide and that the Soviet dictator himself was behind them. Norman Naimark, one of our most respected authorities on the Soviet era, challenges the widely…
Author(s): Norman M. Naimark

10. Stalin’s Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (2016)

 Best Stalin Books Reviewed & RankedWinner of the Plutarch Award for Best BiographyNational Book Critics Circle Award FinalistPEN Literary Award FinalistNew York Times Notable BookWashington Post Notable BookBoston Globe Best Book of the YearThe award-winning author of Villa Air-Bel returns with a painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history’s most monstrous dictators—her father, Josef Stalin.Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and…
Author(s): Rosemary Sullivan

Best Stalin Books Reviewed & Ranked

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Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly

Author(s): Michael D. Gordin
ID: 2421363, Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Year: 29 Sept 2009, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Moscow Monumental: Soviet Skyscrapers and Urban Life in Stalin's Capital

Author(s): Katherine Zubovich
ID: 2854474, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2021, Size: 57 Mb, Format: epub

Hitler and Stalin: The Tyrants and the Second World War

Author(s): Laurence Rees
ID: 2904129, Publisher: PublicAffairs, Year: 2021, Size: 39 Mb, Format: epub

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