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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edvard Radzinsky Narrator: David McCallum Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 1999 ISBN:
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Granted privileged access to Russia's secret archives, Edvard Radzinsky has broken down the iron curtain of myth, secrecy, and lies that has surrounded Stalin's life and career, painting a picture of the Soviet strongman as more calculating, ruthless, and blood-crazed than has ever been imagined; a man for whom power was all, terror a useful weapon, and deceit a constant companion.

Radzinsky uncovers the startling truth about this most enigmatic of historical figures. Only now, in the post-Soviet era, can what was suppressed be told: Stalin's long-denied involvement with terrorism as a young revolutionary; the real story of how he mangled his left arm; the crucial importance of his 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 had to send the Soviet Union's Jews to concentration camps, tantamount to a potential second Holocaust. Radzinsky also takes an intimate look at Stalin's private life, and his turbulent relationship with his wife Nadezhda, recreating the circumstances that led to her suicide. Finally, Radzinsky discovers one of Stalin's elite bodyguards, who breaks 40 years of silence to give the strongest evidence yet of the conspiracy behind Stalin's death.

The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. 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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Talbott | 2/15/2014

    " An incredibly entertaining book, Radzinsky creates a portrait that summarizes much of what was both compelling and horrible about Stalin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Ludwig | 2/10/2014

    " Edvard Radzinsky writes compelling and historically detailed biographies. I first read his "The Last Tsar" and found it fascinating. I received this book at about the same time, prior to my retirement, but was continually distracted from diving into it. Finally, on August 6, 2011, I began reading this tome and kept reading it, a bit at a time, through October 25, 2011. Why did it take me so long? I found myself mesmerized by the depiction of evil present in these pages. Stalin died a couple of years after I was born, but I knew far more about Hitler, who died more than five years before I was born. I knew Stalin was a tough man, who reached adulthood in tough times, but I never realized how truly diabolical he was. Radzinsky is far from neutral in his depiction of this man he had idolized as a child and came to question as he grew older. Yet, the author is very clear to distinguish supposition or deduction from documented fact. The documented facts are hideous enough, anyway. Caesar Augustus is said to have declared, "Better to be Herod's pig than his son." Similarly, it was extremely dangerous to be considered Stalin's friend or protege. If there are people, and I believe there are, who inspire those around them to be better than they otherwise might be, Stalin seemed uniquely able to do the opposite. He corrupted those around them and turned them into his assassins, all the while preparing to assassinate them, once he had rung every ounce of evil from them. So was Stalin a monster or a man? Clearly a man, but one capable of truly monstrous acts. Was he ignorant or ingenious? Clearly ingenious, but always hiding his genius to profess ignorance to his adoring public for the terrible things he made happen. Was he a Communist or an Imperialist? On the surface a devoted Communist, but underneath the most effective and ruthless Tsar Russia has ever known. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/5/2014

    " The author of this book was a boy during Stalin's regime. His father was a play write who was always under suspicion from the government. He had no idea of the terror of Stalin or how the government reacted to his father because his father hid it from him. In fact he grew up loving Stalin. When he got old enough he learned of the atrocities of the man and decided he had to write this book, but he didn't get a chance to until the KGB archives were recently opened. I know how you girls don't like Stalin so this is the book to read about him. The author paints a different picture than many others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guyin | 1/30/2014

    " Not exactly historically accurate --- at least according to my friend. Nonetheless if you regard it as a historical fiction you will be more than satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norbert Szmyt | 1/13/2014

    " Eye opening biography of a ruthless, remorseless man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 1/11/2014

    " The research and information contained in the book is very good. So if you need a resource for the life of Joseph Stalin and his part in history I highly recommend it. It is well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Painter | 1/10/2014

    " With the help of the secret files the author has given us an in depth look at the life of Stalin as it relates to his leadership in Russia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edy Gies | 1/1/2014

    " I loved this book not exactly a page turner but it does show how completely evil Stalin was. The end was chilling and poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 12/8/2013

    " Interesting look at Stalin, not reliable as an academic source. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rashmi Raut | 4/10/2013

    " The foreword is beautiful. The writer got me there!~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ns | 3/21/2013

    " Great writer; great access to materials. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trenton Stanger | 12/4/2012

    " The abridged version left me wanting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 6/15/2012

    " Interesting biography on a scary man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/14/2012

    " If you are into history, history of the Cold War, history of the former Soviet Union, this is a great book. It does goe into much detail, so can be difficult reading. Eventually, it is worthwhile to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick Wallace | 3/15/2012

    " A wonderfully presented biography of one of history's great bastards. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greynomad | 12/3/2011

    " I've read better covering Stalin life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2011

    " The paranoia and maniacal evil that could eminate from one man make this book engrossing. I like that it reads as a narrative and actual conversations and letters from victims/comrades/wives keep it interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 9/9/2011

    " An excellent biography of one of history's monsters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marisa | 7/6/2011

    " Well researched and compelling - read like a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 5/10/2011

    " holy shit, this is a good book. stalin is more evil and brilliant than i could have possibly imagined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edy | 2/19/2011

    " I loved this book not exactly a page turner but it does show how completely evil Stalin was. The end was chilling and poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ns | 7/4/2009

    " Great writer; great access to materials. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 2/26/2009

    " A wonderfully presented biography of one of history's great bastards. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey | 2/25/2009

    " There are so many books on Hitler that a clear picture of the man develops...the books on Stalin are still coming, and it is doubtful that the entire essence of this man will ever be captured.
    Seems if you knew too much, he whacked you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 2/12/2009

    " Interesting look at Stalin, not reliable as an academic source. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christian | 7/25/2008

    " This has been sitting on my shelf unread since 2004 or so. I do that with biographies, especially big ones: buy them and them give them time to breathe. Anyway, not long shy of reading Amis's House of Meetings, was reminded I was overdue on this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 3/10/2008

    " With the help of the secret files the author has given us an in depth look at the life of Stalin as it relates to his leadership in Russia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/3/2008

    " If you are into history, history of the Cold War, history of the former Soviet Union, this is a great book. It does goe into much detail, so can be difficult reading. Eventually, it is worthwhile to finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/14/2007

    " holy shit, this is a good book. stalin is more evil and brilliant than i could have possibly imagined. "

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About the Author
Author Edvard RadzinskyEdvard Radzinsky is the author of The Last Tsar and Stalin. A celebrated playwright and television personality, he lives in Russia.
About the Narrator

David McCallum is a Scottish-born actor of television, film, and stage. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made a dozen movies in the United Kingdom before his critically acclaimed work in Billy Budd brought him more attention. For his many years in television, he is best known for his role as Illya Kuryakin in the series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which ran from 1964 to 1968, and his present role as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard in the series NCIS. His stage credits include three Broadway plays, for which he earned a nomination for a Drama Desk Award for his role in The Philanthropist. His film work includes the 1963 release of The Great Escape and nominations for several awards. He has provided voice work for television, cinema, and video games. His audiobook narration includes a dozen books, through which he earned AudioFile Earphones Awards and two Audie Awards.