Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Fifty years after his death, Stalin remains a figure of powerful and dark fascination. The almost unfathomable scale of his crimes - as many as 20 million Soviets died in his purges and infamous Gulag - has given him the lasting distinction as a personification of evil in the twentieth century. But though the facts of Stalin's reign are well known, this biography reveals a Stalin we have never seen before as it illuminates the vast foundation - human, psychological and physical - that supported and encouraged him, the men and women who did his bidding, lived in fear of him and, more often than not, were betrayed by him.
"Starred Review. By illustrating how Stalin acted in private, Montefiore has produced a landmark work that rounds out political biographies of the tyrant." Booklist.
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Simon Sebag Montefiore Author Biography
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia whose works have been published in twenty-seven languages. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar was awarded the History Book of the Year Prize at the 2004 British Book Awards. Potemkin: Catherine the Greats Imperial Partner was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography prizes in Britain. In 2007 he published Young Stalin, a companion volume to Stalin; and in 2008, writing as Simon Montefiore, he published his first novel, Sashenka.
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