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Stalin : The Kremlin Mountaineer - Paul Johnson


The Kremlin Mountaineer

Author: Paul Johnson
Performed by: Professor Grover Gardner

Audio CD

Published: 25th March 2014
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RRP $29.99

Paul Johnson, the most celebrated popular historian of our time, takes a scalpel to Stalin, whom he considers one of the outstanding monsters of history. Johnson sets forth the essence of Stalin's life, character, and career. It has been a hateful task, which has caused me much pain and disgust, he writes with characteristic candor. But it has been a duty I have performed not without a certain grim satisfaction. Stalin poses a particular challenge to a biographer: How does one render such a monster human? While Johnson doesn't flinch from chronicling Stalin's rise to absolute power ? the remorseless vendetta against Leon Trotsky, the development of the Gulag, the extermination of millions of peasants ? he also shows Stalin playing billiards, listening to his adored Mozart, and annotating Marx's Capital in the margins. It is, in concise form, the story of Russia in the twentieth century: dark and murderous, a stage on which to display humanity's infinite capacity for self-destruction.

ISBN: 9781480578289
ISBN-10: 1480578282
Series: Icons
Audience: General
Format: Audio CD
Language: English
Published: 25th March 2014
Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 13.7  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.09