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Author Sebag Montefiore, Simon, 1965-

Title Young Stalin / Simon Sebag Montefiore
Published London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007


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 W'PONDS  947.0842092 Stalin Mon/Yst  IN TRANSIT
Description xxviii, 397 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary "Stalin, like Hitler, remains the very personification of evil but also one of the creators of today's world. Simon Sebag Montefiore unveils the shadowy, adventurous journey of the Georgian cobbler's son who became the Red Tsar." "Born in poverty, scarred by his upbringing, exceptional in his studies, this charismatic but dangerous boy was hailed as a romantic poet and trained as a priest but found his mission as fanatical revolutionary. He became the mastermind of bank-robberies, protection-rackets, arson, piracy and murder yet he was, uniquely, part-intellectual, part-brigand. Surprisingly, he is also revealed as a scandalously prolific lover, leaving a trail of mistresses (varying from schoolgirls to noblewomen) and illegitimate children." "Here is the arch-conspirator and escape-artist whose brutal ingenuity so impressed Lenin that he made Stalin (with Trotsky) his top henchman. The paranoid underworld of Joseph Conrad-style terrorism was Stalin's natural habitat. Montefiore shows how murderous Caucasian banditry and political gangsterism, combined with pitiless ideology, qualified Stalin to dominate the Kremlin - and create the USSR in his flawed image." "Based on massive research and new evidence in archives from Moscow to Georgia, Young Stalin, companion and prequel to Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, is a chronicle of the Revolution, a pre-history of the USSR - and an intimate biography: this is how Stalin became Stalin."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Heads of state -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9780297850687 hardback
0297850687 hardback