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Stalin

A Biography

by Robert Service

Stalin by Robert Service
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2005
    736 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Overthrowing 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.

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"Starred Review. Here is a life-and-times biography in the grand style: deeply researched, well written, brimming with interpretations." - Publishers Weekly

"A necessary reappraisal. " - Booklist "Service has written an unhurried, richly detailed and rigorously researched book, anchored in hundreds of sources--a vast but cleanly structured text, polished, fluent and brisk...Service gives us a portrait of a paranoid and murderous despot, not a one-dimensional, cartoonish baddie...Service greatly advances our understanding by deftly fusing the tale of the man with that of the doctrine to which he was fanatically beholden and the ethos and practices of the tiny underground party." - Washington Post

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