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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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