Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive


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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    What I remember very vividly from this one is that before the weird 1917 revolution the communists were like gangsters, they were on the run, they were holding up banks to finance the revolution, they were the rootingest tootingest shootingest communists in town, and young Jack Stalin was up for it, he was the Billy the Kid of the Caucasus, he was there when you needed him with his handy stick of dynamite I remember back in the 80s and 90s the IRA in Northern Ireland were exactly the same So What I remember very vividly from this one is that before the weird 1917 revolution the communists were like gangsters, they were on the run, they were holding up banks to finance the revolution, they were the rootingest tootingest shootingest communists in town, and young Jack Stalin was up for it, he was the Billy the Kid of the Caucasus, he was there when you needed him with his handy stick of dynamite I remember back in the 80s and 90s the IRA in Northern Ireland were exactly the same So when these bad boys stumbled into power it was perhaps not too surprising that they began to run the USSR as a series of mafia clans They were ruthless, with their enemies and with each other And Stalin became the Boss of Bosses, and he was the most ruthless, along with his enforcer, a glinty eyed shimmer of implacable homicide called Beria Beria, I ve just met a man called BeriaAnd suddenly that nameWill never be the same againBeriaSay it loud and there s people cryingSay it soft and it s almost like dyingBeriaI used to say it was the great tragedy of history that Stalin took control and disabled, maimed, perverted, corrupted, debased and killed the idea of communism for ever But the guys who run capitalism are doing something broadly similar too In the musical words of Fagin, I think we d better think it out again


  2. Danj816 Danj816 says:

    I read this book in a span of about three or four weeks and could not put it down It read like a novel and was very engrossing It details every aspect of Stalin s life, first as the child Soso, then as the revolutionary Koba, and finally as the iron willed dictator Stalin The Bolshevik revolution of October 1917 is covered and then it details Stalin s rise in the Party In 1922 he became General Secretary and two years later Lenin died setting in motion the power struggle that took place over I read this book in a span of about three or four weeks and could not put it down It read like a novel and was very engrossing It details every aspect of Stalin s life, first as the child Soso, then as the revolutionary Koba, and finally as the iron willed dictator Stalin The Bolshevik revolution of October 1917 is covered and then it details Stalin s rise in the Party In 1922 he became General Secretary and two years later Lenin died setting in motion the power struggle that took place over the next five years between Stalin his rivals in the party, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev, and Bukharin Stalin emerged the victor in 1929 and consolidated his control over the Party and the entire country He set in motion the five year plans that made the Soviet Union an industrial nation overnight although at the cost of millions of lives He next sought to eliminate his rivals, he had already done so before politically, now they were to be exterminated Using the murder of his rival Kirov in 1934 as an excuse to start a purge of the Party, the Great Terror as it was known lasted forthan four years and saw countless show trials, arrests, deportations to the Gulag, torture, and executions This is definately the highlight of the book as the author details the cruelty and the methods with which the NKVD liquidated enemies of the people In 1937 the purge that began in the party soon spread to every part of Soviet society as people were encourged to turn their neighbors in It finally ended toward the end of 1938 with the entire Party and country being obedient to only him This book also has some new revelations that are definately to be taken with a grain of salt The biggest of these is that his planned purge of Jews toward the end of his reign was being done to provoke a Third World War with the West I thought his overall evidence was a little weak but it was still interesting nonetheless Also there are a few inaccuracies in this book as well that prevent it from getting five stars One is the statement that Stalin was the first to have the hydrogen bomb in 1953 when in fact the U.S had exploded one in 1952 But overall this was a very good read and is recommended to anyone interested in this time period of history


  3. Eric Eric says:

    Downright scary But the author, with the aid of access to previously secret USSR official files, was probably better at getting inside the mind of a bloodthirsty monster like Stalin than anyone else previously could do I can totally understand why Edvard Radzinsky has his reputation as the top historical biographer in Russia today I m looking forward to readingof his stuff.


  4. Kostaz Kostaz says:

    Pertaining to apparently heavily abridged audiobook Abandoned 3 4s through after the author exhausted my patience This reads like a hitpiece, created as folly to the needs of a Yeltsin lead Russia, that required that everything about the Bolshevik movement be thoroughly discredited as cynical, duplicitous and criminal More dispassionate accounts can easily be found from academic publishers The author, who apparently is not even a historian, isconcerned with drawing conclusions about Pertaining to apparently heavily abridged audiobook Abandoned 3 4s through after the author exhausted my patience This reads like a hitpiece, created as folly to the needs of a Yeltsin lead Russia, that required that everything about the Bolshevik movement be thoroughly discredited as cynical, duplicitous and criminal More dispassionate accounts can easily be found from academic publishers The author, who apparently is not even a historian, isconcerned with drawing conclusions about the character of this historic persona or another, than presenting historical events in any detail He even goes so far as to presume what the various characters were saying to themselves at various junctions This results in a readable dramatisation, but an illegitimate account of history As a biography it rushes over certain eras and events at lightning speed, which leaves its rather stark claims in support of various conspiracy theories Koba as police informant is one the author loves but barely spends 5 minutes supporting without much backing Some of theoutrageous devices in support of such conclusions include presuming the existence of documents which must have been destroyed and the Orwell inspired theory of in depth speech, which is effectively a licence to read official texts, letters, speeches etc as being meant to convey the exact opposite meaning of what is said Trotsky himself probably provides a fair er assessment of Stalin the man, which is quite ironic The hitpiece accusation stems from the political tone the text has with regard to also V.I and Trotsky One must be blind, or of a very particular predisposition to the Russian revolution, to not see the political goal of the author


  5. Natalie K Natalie K says:

    Thank goodness this book is OVER I didn t learn very much granted, I ve read a ton on Stalin, but still it s hardly the explosive biography it promises to be The writing style grated on my nerves I know Radzinsky isn t a professional historian, but still, a semblance of objectivity would have been nice That is, I was not a fan of the innumerable personal anecdotes sprinkled liberally throughout The only good parts were the few pages that mentioned Admiral Kolchak one of my favorite peop Thank goodness this book is OVER I didn t learn very much granted, I ve read a ton on Stalin, but still it s hardly the explosive biography it promises to be The writing style grated on my nerves I know Radzinsky isn t a professional historian, but still, a semblance of objectivity would have been nice That is, I was not a fan of the innumerable personal anecdotes sprinkled liberally throughout The only good parts were the few pages that mentioned Admiral Kolchak one of my favorite people ever and Mikhail Bulgakov one of my favorite writers The mention of those two pushed my rating from one star to two


  6. Connor Veitch Connor Veitch says:

    Book gave me new insights into the life of Joseph Stalin It gaveinformation on his early life, and the struggles he went through as a child Most of the time Stalin is only seen in a WW2 setting but in this book he is seen throughout his whole lifetime.


  7. Paul Bustion Paul Bustion says:

    I read this book when I was in the ninth grade I did not like it It is full of conspiracy theories and garbage For example the author claims that the USSR was planning to attack Germany first without producing any documents supporting his claim directly, only his own interpretation of the documents He also focuses on Stalin s alleged anti Semitism I do not agree that Stalin was anti Semitic Even though he murdered many Jews in the USSR s government, he basically replaced them with other Je I read this book when I was in the ninth grade I did not like it It is full of conspiracy theories and garbage For example the author claims that the USSR was planning to attack Germany first without producing any documents supporting his claim directly, only his own interpretation of the documents He also focuses on Stalin s alleged anti Semitism I do not agree that Stalin was anti Semitic Even though he murdered many Jews in the USSR s government, he basically replaced them with other Jews, like Lazar Kaganovich His Foreign Commissar Molotov, although Gentile, had a Jewish wife named Polina Zhemchuzina who had an American brother who was a businessman named Sam Karp He claims Stalin was murdered by the Jews because he was allegedly planning to quarantine the Jews to Siberia right before he died, again without providing much evidence It has been claimed that Stalin s mistress was a Jew named Rosa Kaganovich, Lazar s sister, and it is certainly true that many in his government were Jews, so I find this difficult to believe If Stalin was murdered the Jews did not have anything to do with it Peter Myers has said on his website that Stalin rejected a plan proposed to him by representatives of the United States to create a world government, I think that would belikely to be the motive for his murder, not anything to do with Jewry Radzinsky also falsifies information in his book He claims that a banner representing the Virgin Mary was used by the Red Army during World War II A reviewer onpointed out this is false In addition he says the USA lost China to Stalin, but actually Stalin had preferred Chiang Kai Shek to Mao initially, and Mao and the Bolsheviks never did get along So this book was full of inaccuracies, conspiracy theories, and half truths It was not very good


  8. Derek Derek says:

    The author s purpose of Stalin is to entertain and inform I think the author s purpose is to entertain I think the author Edvard Radzinsky wanted to entertain the readers or Stalin because many people think it is very entertaining to learn about the role some leaders had in Wold War II I think another one of the authors purposes was to inform because he is letting all the readers of Stalin know how much of an impact Joseph Stalin had in World War II So overall I think the authors purposes we The author s purpose of Stalin is to entertain and inform I think the author s purpose is to entertain I think the author Edvard Radzinsky wanted to entertain the readers or Stalin because many people think it is very entertaining to learn about the role some leaders had in Wold War II I think another one of the authors purposes was to inform because he is letting all the readers of Stalin know how much of an impact Joseph Stalin had in World War II So overall I think the authors purposes were to entertain and inform the readers of Stalin.The theme of this book is how one man can make a huge impact either good or bad In my opinion i think the theme of this book is how anyone can make an impact on a lot of people just by teaching people about what they think is right Although Joseph Stalin had a horrible impact on most of the things he did it still shows that just by gaining a few followers that you can do anything you want That is why I think the theme of this book was how one person can make a huge impact on society and how people view things.In my opinion the style of this book is a narration because it explains many different scenarios on things Stalin did, and it tells the reader about how he managed to become a powerful leader and that he showed no mercy to anyone who thought his ways were wrong That is why in my oppinoin this book is a narration.In my opinion I would give this book about at eight out of ten stars because it is very informing but can be a bit confusing for me at times I would recommend this book to about anyone that is into books about World War II, anything to do with the army, or people who just love to read books about history and peoples different ideas


  9. Leon Keylin Leon Keylin says:

    The research done in this book is solid I read both Russian and English stories, articles, and even books on the recently if you can call mid nineties that opened archived by the FSB then KGB Radzinsky does little to interfere with his opinion He is solely the messenger here, the message is what has been rud about, spoken of, conspired around, and basically shared in millions of dining rooms, skomeyak while old men played dominoes Most of what is projected to the reader has been kn The research done in this book is solid I read both Russian and English stories, articles, and even books on the recently if you can call mid nineties that opened archived by the FSB then KGB Radzinsky does little to interfere with his opinion He is solely the messenger here, the message is what has been rud about, spoken of, conspired around, and basically shared in millions of dining rooms, skomeyak while old men played dominoes Most of what is projected to the reader has been known for some time, especially in Russia proper Some of the most incredible finds are not really anything knew to most Russian mainly those that read Suvorov back when he first made allegations that based on the numbers, his own eyes when documents passed him, that Stalin was, indeed, planning to attack Hitler first The difference with Radzinsky and Suvorov, is the incentive These finds, of course, would be, and were met with outrage Partisans would never want to submit they sacrificed so much just for some madman s play The maginitude of personal destruction, farms, families, culture, religion, all for what Thedocuments come to light, thetruth and evidence that this was, in fact, a very real possibility Radzinsky does an excellent job of sifting through a lot, picking up where there was little trace, and attempting to explain, as subtle as he can, the sheer magnificance of the issue


  10. Riley Riley says:

    This is a lively, well written and dramatic biography of Stalin That said, it doesn t break very much new ground, and some of Edvard Radzinsky s theories seem to lack solid historical support that Hitler invaded Russia only as Stalin was planning to attack Germany, or that Stalin was plotting a final nuclear holocaust before he died in 1953 I was also skeptical of the author s use of the theory of in depth speech, under which the meaning of things said by Stalin and other Communists is inte This is a lively, well written and dramatic biography of Stalin That said, it doesn t break very much new ground, and some of Edvard Radzinsky s theories seem to lack solid historical support that Hitler invaded Russia only as Stalin was planning to attack Germany, or that Stalin was plotting a final nuclear holocaust before he died in 1953 I was also skeptical of the author s use of the theory of in depth speech, under which the meaning of things said by Stalin and other Communists is interpreted as being hidden in layers, with yes actually meaning no It is similar to the Aesopian language often cited by anti Communists in America and appears flawed for the same reason through it you can conclude someone meant one thing or its total opposite, though the words were the same


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Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives ❮BOOKS❯ ✯ Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives Author Edvard Radzinsky – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 t Granted privileged access to Russia First In-depth PDF ↠ 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 Stalin: The Kindle - the Soviet strongman ascalculating, ruthless and blood crazed than has ever been described or imagined.

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  • Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives
  • Edvard Radzinsky
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  • 15 June 2019

About the Author: Edvard Radzinsky

Radzinsky Russian is an author First In-depth PDF ↠ ofthan forty popular non fiction books on historical subjects Since the s, he has written the series Mysteries of History The books translated to English include his biographies Stalin: The Kindle - of Tsars Nicholas II and Alexander II, Rasputin, and Joseph Stalin His book Stalin The First In depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia s Secret Archives discusses a number of well The First In-depth Epub ß known controversies about Joseph Stalin, including the existence of a fuller text of Lenin s Testament, the alleged involvement of Stalin as an agent of the Tsarist secret police, and the role of Stalin in the death of his wife and the murder of Sergey Kirov According to Radzinsky, Stalin was poisoned by order of Lavrentiy Beria His book includes an interview with a former bodyguard of Stalin, who stated that on the night of Stalin s death, the bodyguards were relieved of duty by an NKVD officer named Khrustalev This same officer was briefly mentioned in Memories, the memoir of Stalin s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva Radzinsky also supported the hypotesis by Viktor Suvorov that Stalin had prepared a preemptive strike against Nazi Germany.