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  • Stalin: Breaker of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    In this book, the first to draw from recently released archives, Robert Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student; as a revolutionary and communist theoretician; as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it. He presents the landmarks of Stalin's rule: 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.

    John says: "Great 1991 Study on Stalin fka Dzhugashvili"
    "Couldn't get through it"
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    What would have made Stalin better?

    This book was too dry for my taste (I only got about a quarter of the way through). I was looking for more color and context. It is very factual, as if someone is reading from historical documents. I would have enjoyed this more had the author given more background info on Russian history, the culture of the era, personalities, etc.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Conquest again?

    Maybe


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Frederick Davidson?

    Maybe


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