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  • Stalin, Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 | Stephen Kotkin

    Stalin, Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Volume One of Stalin begins and ends in January 1928 as Stalin boards a train bound for Siberia, about to embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He is now the ruler of the largest country in the world, but a poor and backward one, far behind the great capitalist countries in industrial and military power, encircled on all sides. In Siberia, Stalin conceives of the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted.

    IRP says: "Excellent Book But First Time Listener Beware"
  • A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin | Anatole Konstantin

    A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin

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    • By Anatole Konstantin
    • Narrated By John Sipple
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    When the secret police came for his father in 1938, 10-year-old Anatole Konstantin saw his family plunged into a morass of fear. His memoir of growing up in Stalinist Russia re-creates in vivid detail the daily trials of people trapped in this regime before and during the repressive years of World War II - and the equally horrific struggles of refugees after that conflict.

    Cynthia says: "good"
  • Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin | Timothy Snyder

    Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Timothy Snyder
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
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    Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin. While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia.

    Joe says: "One of the best and scariest books I've ever read"
  • Stalin: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Stalin: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had "received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield." And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.

    Patrick says: "Fine for an Hour; Audible Cliff Notes"
  • Stalin: Breaker of Nations | Robert Conquest

    Stalin: Breaker of Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    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"
  • Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva | Rosemary Sullivan

    Stalin's Daughter: The Extraordinary and Tumultuous Life of Svetlana Alliluyeva

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    • By Rosemary Sullivan
    • Narrated By Karen Cass
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    Born in the early years of the Soviet Union, Svetlana Stalin spent her youth inside the walls of the Kremlin. Communist Party privilege protected her from the mass starvation and purges that haunted Russia, but she did not escape tragedy - the loss of everyone she loved, including her mother, two brothers, aunts, uncles, and a lover twice her age deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father.

    brian says: "The most famous Soviet defector."
  • Stalin | Edvard Radzinsky

    Stalin

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    • By Edvard Radzinsky
    • Narrated By David McCallum
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    The Kremlin intrigues, the private worlds of the Soviet Empire's ruling class, Radzinsky thrillingly brings them to life. And the riddle of that most cold-blooded of leaders, a man for whom nothing was sacred in his pursuit of absolute might, and perhaps the greatest mass murderer in Western history, is solved.

    William says: "A Great Book About a Great Tyrant"
  • Young Stalin | Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Young Stalin

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    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By James Adams
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    Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman.

    Jim says: "Really Good Read/Listen"
  • Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government | M. Stanton Evans,Herbert Romerstein

    Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By M. Stanton Evans, Herbert Romerstein
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
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    Most Americans have grown accustomed to accept the version of history that the Soviets were our noble allies and took the brunt of the casualties during World War II. But after decades of research by veteran journalist M. Stanton Evans and intelligence expert Herbert Romerstein, the truth has come to light and is now exposed in Stalin's Secret Agents. Evans and Romerstein focus on the role of secret Communist Alger Hiss at the crucial Yalta Conference of 1945, where vast U.S. concessions were made to Russia....

    W. Sid Vogel says: "Stalin actually ran our war policy!"
  • Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership | Susan Butler

    Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

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    • By Susan Butler
    • Narrated By George Guidall
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    Susan Butler's brilliantly listenable audiobook firmly places FDR where he belongs, as the American president engaged most directly in diplomacy and strategy, who not only had an ambitious plan for the postwar world but had the strength, ambition, and personal charm to overcome Churchill's reluctance and Stalin's suspicion to bring about what was, in effect, an American peace and to avoid the disastrous consequences that followed the botched peace of Versailles in 1919.

  • Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War | Michael Dobbs

    Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman - from World War to Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Dobbs
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
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    When Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill met in Yalta in February 1945, Hitler's armies were on the run and victory was imminent. The Big Three wanted to draft a blueprint for a lasting peace - but instead set the stage for a 44-year division of Europe into Soviet and western spheres of influence. After fighting side by side for nearly four years, their political alliance was rapidly fracturing. By the time the leaders met again in Potsdam in July 1945, Russians and Americans were squabbling over the future of Germany and Churchill was warning about an "iron curtain" being drawn down over the Continent.

    Alan says: "Totally Outstanding. Bravo !"
  • Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

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    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
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    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians, Stalin is again popular; the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    jack says: "Russian Ghosts"
  • Breaking Stalin's Nose | Eugene Yelchin

    Breaking Stalin's Nose

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Eugene Yelchin
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
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    Celebrated artist and author Eugene Yelchin drew on his own experience growing up in Soviet Russia to pen this Newbery Honor Book. Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows 10-year-old Sasha Zaichik, who wants nothing more than to be a Young Pioneer in Stalin’s Communist Party. But when his father, a member of the State Security police, is arrested the night before the Young Pioneer ceremony, Sasha is left to re-evaluate everything he’s been taught about Stalin and what it truly means to be a good comrade.

    Ira says: "Compelling! Frightening!"
  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 | John Mosier

    Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
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    John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.

    Jonathan Gardner says: "Speaking the un-speakable"
  • Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich | Brian Moynahan

    Leningrad: Siege and Symphony: The Story of the Great City Terrorized by Stalin, Starved by Hitler, Immortalized by Shostakovich

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    • By Brian Moynahan
    • Narrated By George Backman
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    Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony was first played in the city of its birth on August 9, 1942. There has never been a first performance to match it. Pray God, there never will be again. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Almost a year earlier, the Germans had begun their blockade of the city. Already many thousands had died of their wounds, the cold, and most of all, starvation.

    ljbooks says: "Excellent perspective on the history of the siege."
  • Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel | Martin Cruz Smith

    Stalin's Ghost: An Arkady Renko Novel

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    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
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    Investigator Arkady Renko, the pariah of the Moscow prosecutor's office, has been assigned the thankless job of investigating a new phenomenon: late-night subway riders report seeing the ghost of Joseph Stalin on the platform of the Chistye Prudy Metro station. The illusion seems part political hocus-pocus and also part wishful thinking, for among many Russians Stalin is again popular - the bloody dictator can boast a two-to-one approval rating.

    Susan says: "Disappointed in the recorded book"
  • Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer | Paul Johnson

    Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer

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    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    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."

  • The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service | Andrew Meier

    The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

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    • By Andrew Meier
    • Narrated By David Chandler
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    This is the riveting account of one of the first Americans to spy for Joseph Stalin. A brilliant Columbia University graduate, Isaiah Oggins went to Berlin to establish a safe house and spy for his country - but he turned coat. Working for the Soviets, he was nevertheless poisoned in 1947 on Stalin's orders. Classified for decades, Oggins' story is a cloak-and-dagger tale to rival the best novels.

    Sherry says: "Intriguing and full of history"
  • The Great Terror: A Reassessment | Robert Conquest

    The Great Terror: A Reassessment

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Robert Conquest
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    The definitive work on Stalin's purges, The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. While the original volume had relied heavily on unofficial sources, later developments within the Soviet Union provided an avalanche of new material, which Conquest has mined to write this revised and updated edition of his classic work.

    Matt says: "Compelling and Devestating"
  • The Stalin Epigram: A Novel | Robert Littell

    The Stalin Epigram: A Novel

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    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By John Lee, Anne Flosnik
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    The Stalin Epigram is a masterful rendering of the life of Osip Mandelstam, one of Russia's greatest poets of the 20th century. His heroic protest against the Stalin regime---particularly his outspoken criticism of the collectivization that drove millions of Russian peasants to starvation---finally reached its apex in 1934. When he composed a searing indictment of Stalin in a 16-line poem, secretly passed from person to person through recitation, the poet was arrested.

    Brian says: "A reaction, not a review: Brilliant"
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