A Biographical Companion
Everything you ever wanted to know about Joseph Stalin the man, his personal life, his policies and his years in power
“Well-researched, informative and accessible as well as being remarkably lacking in the ideologically driven, contentious and indigestible argumentation so characteristic of publications on Soviet history. Rappaport offers informed comment on the personal context… the accessible style means that the reader is spared the thicket of acronyms so characteristic of writing on Soviet themes… An entertaining and well researched commentary.”
Gerald McGhie, New Zealand Slavonic Journal
Joseph Stalin: A Biographical Companion
To get to the top, Joseph Stalin outmaneuvered Lenin, Trotsky, Kirov, and a legion of equally ruthless revolutionaries. This accessible and easy to read reference work reveals the more personal side of the Machiavellian mastermind, who not only orchestrated the Great Terror but also forged the USSR into a world power.
Joseph Stalin: A Biographical Companion offers balanced coverage and makes use of new information from Soviet archives, while at the same time avoids mind-numbing communist jargon and terminology. This book is a treasure trove of useful information for the college and university student studying not just Stalin, but also the Soviet history. It’s standalone entries are fascinating reading also for the lay reader wishing to know more about the Soviet period. Also included are scores of rare illustrations, some never before published in the West.
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