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The Unknown Stalin: His Life, Death, and Legacy

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"Providing the best and most informative explanation to date of the mystery of Joseph Stalin's death, renowned historians Roy and Zhores Medvedev have written a gripping new biography of Stalin, based on findings from research into archives only recently made available, as well as the brothers' own experiences during and after Stalin's brutal regime." The Unknown Stalin re ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Overlook Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sep 16, 2013 Malnatorta rated it liked it
Not another biography of Stalin, the authors rather write about some aspects of his life, e.g., what happened at his death, about his role in the construction of the atomic bomb, about his policy towards the science, about his role in World War II. The authors make use of previously unknown documents discovered in the archives of the early 90-ies. The book is nicely written and makes easy reading. For me the most interesting was the story about Stalin's relationship to science. The dictator deci ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Maria rated it did not like it
Boring. And if you haven't read another Stalin biography this is not the place to start.
Aug 08, 2014 Mehmet rated it it was amazing
Its been a long time since a book made me feel so disturbed that I had tears in my eyes. Before you get worried I did not cry over Stalin but his treatment of Bukharin.
The book was very interesting and I loved the authors analysis and the way they explained their arguments. Which were realistic and pragamatic. I must admit to finding out many interesting points that I previously never knew. The book started off with Stalin death, the legacy of Stalinism and how the Soviet union was run. Then it
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Mar 25, 2011 Chris Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chuffing good read! Not so much about the character of Stalin himself but more to do with his influence over events and circumstances. From the well known events like the development of the Soviet atomic bomb to the less well known people like Apanesenko there's a good spread of subjects.

Absolutely fascinating I have to say.
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Рой Александрович Медведев (14 ноября 1925, Тифлис) — советский и российский публицист, закончил философский факультет ЛГУ, доктор педагогических наук, профессор, политический деятель, один из представителей левого крыла диссидентского движения в СССР. Автор работ по истории. Брат-близнец учёного-геронтолога, диссидента Ж. А. Медведева.
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