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Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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Nov 09, 2009

it was amazing

A fascinating and terrifying account of a monster and his cronies, who managed to cause more suffering than just about anyone else in history. His young wife killed herself early on, which Montefiore identifies as a key turning point in the downward spiral of his character, but it was hardly a good excuse. His one redeeming feature in terms of political history is that he faced and defeated another monster, Hitler. The world is better off without the Soviet Empire, and the whole book is a lesson in what unbridled and absolute power can do.
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