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Stalin's Children

Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival

by Owen Matthews

Stalin's Children
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2008, 320 pages
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    Sep 2009, 320 pages

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A transcendent history/memoir of one family's always passionate, sometimes tragic connection to Russia

The quote featured on the jacket regarding Matthews' inspiration for Stalin's Children is extremely appropriate and neatly summarizes the book's intent. Matthews succeeds admirably in his goal of describing his family's journey from Russia to England and back again, in the process crafting a fascinating history that reads more like a novel than a work of non-fiction.

The book chronicles the lives of Matthews' Russian grandparents, aunt, mother, and Welsh father (as well as delving briefly into his own) who were all directly effected by one or more of the multiple political upheavals that characterized much of Russia's 20th century history. Victims of Stalin's Purge and later Communist crackdowns, most of the family somehow managed to survive. Matthews, a one-time war correspondent for Newsweek, relates his family's experiences with a reporter's eye ...

Photos - Top: Joseph Stalin c.1942. Bottom: The author. Right: Nikolai Yezhov

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