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Another View of Stalin

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
When the reader finishes reading this book, he will probably say: 'Many things I thought I knew regarding Stalin are indeed lies.'

Another View of Stalin analyzes a series of 'media lies': the famine-holocaust in the Ukraine, the 12 million victims of the Gulag. The book refutes the classical attacks against Stalin: Lenin's testament, the collectivization imposed by a total
Paperback, 327 pages
Published 1996 by EPO (first published 1994)
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John Weathers
Feb 18, 2013 John Weathers rated it it was amazing
Interesting book by a Marxist-Leninist historian who presents a different view of the second Soviet leader than that commonly presented in Western Cold War informed biographies and histories or in the attacks by Trotsky and his intellectual descendants. It certainly gives food for thought and another side to weigh in one's evaluation of this period and its actors. Naysayers will complain that this book is hardly objective, but it is impossible to find an objective account of Stalin and this book ...more
Apr 21, 2013 KCML rated it liked it
This book was monumental in changing my view of Stalin. I used to be an avid supporter of this book, but later I came to view it as mere hagiography. There are some gems to be realized here, but it portrays Stalin as an angel and not a human being, with faults, capable of mistakes and who actually made some bone-headed errors. This is from a supporter of Stalin.
Gabriel Azevedo
This book is heavy on dates and names. It's a rather dry read but Martens is quite a grouchy fellow and his sarcastic bitterness comes through when debunking "history" written by revisionists and conservatives alike. This book provided me with plenty of definitive proof that Stalin really wasn't the monster Westerners make out of him. I recommend reading this if you're interested in the early history of the USSR regardless of your views on Stalin himself.
Jul 11, 2015 Tetyana rated it did not like it
He attacks other other authors rather than reviewing the evidence presented by the authors. He also examines evidence, but only his evidence. His twisted logic saying that William Randolph Hearst hired a Chicago reporter to prove the existence of the Holodomor using faulty evidence (namely one picture which was never seen in the text) to say that entire thing was a hoax, often ignoring what people who lived through the experience said. James Mace collected thousands of interviews, all of whom ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Eliana rated it did not like it
hilarious and nonsensical Stalin apologia, cited by mindless tankies all over the internet.
Jayden gonzalez
seems like a cool guy to me
Aug 23, 2015 Sean rated it really liked it
The late Ludo Martens of the Worker's Party of Belgium presents a concise viewpoint defending Stalin on the basis of fact, and using his work to attack the enemies of Stalin. My criticisms of the book come from Martens' attack on Beria, however other ML historians seem to have refuted this well enough, remember Martens was writing in 1991, when information was harder to come by. For more concise histories by academic History professors I would recommend J. Arch Getty, Sheila Fitzpatrick and ...more
Vuk Prlainović
Feb 28, 2013 Vuk Prlainović rated it it was amazing
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A most excellent historical analysis of Joseph Stalin and his role in history. The amount of lies, slander and falsifications spread to diminish the accomplishments of this great man is tragic. Recommended for anyone with the slightest interest in Soviet history.
Jul 21, 2016 Juan rated it it was amazing
La claridad y las fuentes con las cuales se basa el autor son casi irrefutables para tirar abajo uno de los mitos menos fundados de la historia. Lectura recomendad a aquellos que quieren aprender mas sobre Rusia Sovietica.
Of course I'm reading this in English :)
It is always refreshing to try different approaches to characters like Stalin.
On the other hand, I am quite suspicious about the views on the Ukraine famine.
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Aug 07, 2016 Luis Capote-Pérez rated it liked it
Un repaso vehemente del gobierno de Stalin, aunque las formas no acompañen en ciertos pasajes.
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From Wikipedia:
Ludo Martens is a Belgian historian noted for his work on francophone Africa and the Soviet Union. He is also the chairman of the Workers' Party of Belgium.

In 1968 he founded the Maoist group "Alle macht aan de arbeiders" (All Power to the Workers), which in 1979 became the Workers' Party of Belgium.

Martens wrote on the political history of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, wher
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