Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives

Stalin: The First In-depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives

Language: English

Pages: 624

ISBN: 0385479549

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

From the author of The Last Tsar, the first full-scale life of Stalin to have what no previous biography has entirely gotten hold of: the facts. Granted privileged access to Russia's secret archives, Edvard Radzinsky paints a picture of the Soviet strongman as more calculating, ruthless, and blood-crazed than has ever been described or imagined. Stalin was a man for whom power was all, terror a useful weapon, and deceit a constant companion.

As Radzinsky narrates the high drama of Stalin's epic quest for domination-first within the Communist Party, then over the Soviet Union and the world-he 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 crucial importance of his misunderstood, behind-the-scenes 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 was making before his death 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, marked by his turbulent relationship with his wife Nadezhda, and recreates the circumstances that led to her suicide.

As he did in The Last Tsar, Radzinsky thrillingly brings the past to life. The Kremlin intrigues, the ceaseless round of double-dealing and back-stabbing, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class-all become, in Radzinsky's hands, as gripping and powerful as the great Russian sagas. 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.

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was no answer. But little Bukharin went on writing: “I am becoming a martyr to myself and making martyrs of all my family. None of us can sleep, we are all so exhausted that we are sick of life.… Tell me what to do, send for me!” He was not sent for. On January 16 Bukharin was dismissed from Izvestia. Yet still he went on sending interminable letters to his tormentor: “24.1.37. The whole world has now heard me defamed as a criminal. What am I to do, how can I go on?” The newspapers stepped up

Bureau, to the committee as, to all intents and purposes, its political commissar. He also found a use for Molotov’s wife, Polina Zhemchuzina, a fanatical Communist, as patroness of the committee. In 1944 the committee wrote to Stalin on behalf of all Soviet Jews, recommending the establishment of a Jewish Socialist Republic in the Crimea, on vacant land from which the Tartars had been evicted. The letter was, of course, written by Lozovsky, but a man of his experience would never have risked

didn’t leave the Boss’s side. He was lying motionless, just snoring. Starostin rang Ignatiev at the Ministry of State Security first, but Ignatiev was frightened and referred him to Beria and Malenkov. While he was ringing, we talked it over and decided to move him onto the large sofa in the big dining room.… We moved him because there was more air in there. We all helped put him on the sofa, and covered him with a rug, we could see he’d got very cold, lying there since 7:00 P.M. Butusova rolled

could easily deduce the scale of German support from the large subsidies received by his newspaper, Pravda. And from the generous funds for arms which went to the military organization set up within the Party. With this money the Party was, with feverish haste, establishing a Red Guard with units throughout Russia. GERMAN GOLD Koba had not gone to live with the hospitable Alliluyevs, although they had told him that there “was always a room waiting for him.” Instead, he moved into a large

had gathered at the Finland Station. What awaited Lenin was not a cell in the Peter and Paul Fortress, but a reception committee from the mighty Soviet, led by its president, Chkheidze, whom Lenin had so unmercifully vilified in his letters. A guard of honor and an armored car had been provided for the small, bald-headed man who had never addressed more than a handful of émigrés. At last Lenin saw the great crowds he had always longed for. From the armored car he called on his listeners to

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