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نخستین زندگینامه استالین بر پایه اسناد جدید تکان دهنده پرونده های مخفی روسیه
676 pages
Published 2014 (first published 1995)
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Paul Bryant
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 ...more
Danj816
Feb 13, 2010 Danj816 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Eric
Jul 19, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 reading more of his stuff.
Elena
Aug 24, 2012 Elena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation...and it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast should speak, and to cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain." —Revelation 13:7, 15

"If My requests are not granted, Russia will spread her errors throughout the world raising up wars and persecutions against the Church, the good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various
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Paul Bustion
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 ...more
Derek
Oct 03, 2012 Derek is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Leon Keylin
Sep 23, 2011 Leon Keylin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rumored 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
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Riley
Jul 08, 2011 Riley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Delgee
Feb 23, 2010 Delgee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
This is a good book.

Radzinksy has his facts and proves them. Sometimes he makes guesses but they are well calculated and predictable rather than some wild random ones. Overall I liked his writing style.

Reading the book, I wondered how someone could be so stone-hearted devoid of compassion toward another human being same as himself. I wonder how he dealt with it inside himself. Probably something like: "For the greater good" was always on his mind.

One thing to mention about the author is even tho
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Ali
Jan 03, 2015 Ali rated it liked it
Despite being an easy entertaining and rather informative read, I'd be very careful recommending this book to others. The author seems to have some big claims for which historical evidences are just not strong enough. That being said though, reader can use his or her own judgment, disqualify the claims and learn about the factual evidences.
Christian Bauman
Jul 25, 2008 Christian Bauman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amirhesam
Sep 19, 2016 Amirhesam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
خواندن این کاب به من ثابت کرد که ترس چه نیروی قدرمندی است. ترس می تواند ملت هارا به زانو در بیاورد و انسان ها را به بردگی بکشاند
بسیار عالی نوشته شده و بیشتر به شکل رمان است تا زندگینامه
کتاب چاپ شده از کیفیت چاپی بالایی هم برخوردار است با تصاویر گلاسه
ترجمه کتاب هم بسیار عالیست
Philip
Aug 21, 2012 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


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.
Pedy
Nov 30, 2014 Pedy rated it really liked it
حتی هنگام خواندن صفحات آخر کتاب هم نمیتوانستم باور کنم رئیس هم میتواند بمیرد.
Jim Talbott
Jul 29, 2011 Jim Talbott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly entertaining book, Radzinsky creates a portrait that summarizes much of what was both compelling and horrible about Stalin.
Marisa
Oct 05, 2011 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Well researched and compelling - read like a novel.
Ns
Jul 04, 2009 Ns rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great writer; great access to materials.
Edy Gies
Feb 19, 2011 Edy Gies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book not exactly a page turner but it does show how completely evil Stalin was. The end was chilling and poignant.
Rashmi Raut
Apr 10, 2013 Rashmi Raut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The foreword is beautiful. The writer got me there!~
Nick Wallace
Feb 26, 2009 Nick Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully presented biography of one of history's great bastards.
John Yiannoudis
Sep 22, 2012 John Yiannoudis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
detailed, innovative approach. A bit tiresome due to size
Rithun Regi
Jan 31, 2013 Rithun Regi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive read on Stalin. Compulsive reading.Stalin was more evil than Hitler.
Jay Wright
May 08, 2017 Jay Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book to read. Do not expect this to be a traditional biography. The author depends on oral histories and records in the Russian KGB archives. Few have had access to these sources. Even though it is not well footnoted, it is well informed and appears accurate. It is very readable.
Iman Nazari
May 15, 2017 Iman Nazari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب سرشار از نکات آموزنده و عبرت انگیز است. اما بیشتر از این هم نمیتوانم توضیح دهم. ...more
Brian
Mar 05, 2017 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a disappointment. The author chose to include himself in the narrative even though he played mo part in the story of Stalin. He also speculates a great deal with nothing to support his theories. I considered the book to be a waste of my time.
Rick Ludwig
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 y ...more
Anthony Hughes
Oct 13, 2013 Anthony Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good though it is really very difficult to get the full story given how many records were clearly destroyed, manipulated or lost during Stalin's murderous reign.

Radzinsky also relies a lot for his analysis on what he calls "in-depth language" (ironically the book is subtitled the first "in-depth" biography of Stalin). By this he means what was written down in official correspondence, orders etc (particularly by Stalin himself) was the opposite of what was really meant or what was to happen.
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Joel Mitchell
This was my first extensive reading on the life of Joseph Stalin (or the Bolsheviks and rise of the Soviet Union for that matter). I understand that the Soviet propaganda machine fairly thoroughly censored, revised, and otherwise mangled many records related to this period in history, but (as the book's subtitle indicates) Edvard Radzinsky claims to have reconstructed a fairly accurate picture of Stalin's life from previously classified documents.

Most of the book sounds thoroughly researched an
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Grouchy Editor
"Stalin" is a historical biography that I admired but … did I enjoy it? Let me put it this way: Reading this 600-page beast often felt like being banished to Siberia with nothing to do but page through the telephone directory. I do respect the blood, sweat and tears that must have gone into the research and writing of this massive tome about the 20th century’s greatest villain, Joseph Stalin (yes, I’m including Hitler), but the result is mostly a plodding bore.

In addition to presenting the usual
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Vijayan Haridas
Jan 27, 2014 Vijayan Haridas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since the day I was introduced to history in my schooling days it became one of my pet subjects. I just had the urge to understand how it was way before my time. Of of all the topics which captured my full attention were the happenings of WWI and WWII. Zooming into that topic, the history of USSR under the rule of Joseph Stalin totally captured my attention. When mentioned that USSR was ruled with an Iron First by the dictator, I just had a vague understanding to that sentence till I got my ...more
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Radzinsky (Russian: Эдвард Радзинский) is an author of more than forty popular non-fiction books on historical subjects. Since the 1990s, he has written the series Mysteries of History. The books translated to English include his biographies 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 ...more
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