Version: Abridged
Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Narrator: John Nettles
Genres: Non-Fiction, Europe
Publisher: Orion Audio
Published In: September 2004
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Of all of the despots of our time, Joseph Stalin lasted the longest and wielded the greatest power, and his secrets have been the most jealously guarded-even after his death. Robert Conquest'sStalin is the first book by a Western author to draw on the vast amount of material that became available in the aftermath of glasnost, along with earlier official and unofficial sources, to produce a living portrait of this paranoid leader. Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student, as revolutionary and Communist theoretician, as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it, and as a man who terrorized his own family. He presents the historical landmarks of Stalin's rule, freshly assessed: the clash with Lenin; collectivization; the great Terror; the Nazi-Soviet Pact and the Nazi-Soviet War; the anti-Semitic campaign that preceded his death; and the legacy he left behind.

Author Details

Author Details

Conquest, Robert

Born in 1917, Robert Conquest, along with Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis. Thom Gunn and others, was a leading member of the so-called Movement. After distinguished service in the war, he became a diplomat and served as Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter. He is perhaps best known for his work as a historian, being one of the first to expose the whole truth about the Soviet regime.

Sebag Montefiore, Simon

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian of Russia and author of "Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner; Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar;" and the bestselling "Young Stalin, " awarded the 2007 Costa Biography Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography. Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.