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

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

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    • 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"
  • Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953 | Simon Ings

    Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy, 1905-1953

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    • By Simon Ings
    • Narrated By Tim Bruce
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    Scientists throughout history, from Galileo to today's experts on climate change, have often had to contend with politics in their pursuit of knowledge. But in the Soviet Union, where the ruling elites embraced, patronized, and even fetishized science like never before, scientists lived their lives on a knife edge. The Soviet Union had the best-funded scientific establishment in history. Scientists were elevated as popular heroes and lavished with awards and privileges.

  • Breaking Stalin's Nose | Eugene Yelchin

    Breaking Stalin's Nose

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    • 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!"
  • Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring | Andrew Lownie

    Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring

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    • By Andrew Lownie
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
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    Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of "The Cambridge Spies" - Maclean, Philby, Blunt - brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

  • Stalin: Breaker of Nations | Robert Conquest

    Stalin: Breaker of Nations

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

    Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

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    • 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'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
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    The award-winning author of Villa Air-Bel returns with a painstakingly researched, revelatory biography of Svetlana Stalin, a woman fated to live her life in the shadow of one of history's most monstrous dictators—her father, Josef Stalin. 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 and uncles, and a lover twice her age, deliberately exiled to Siberia by her father.

    brian says: "The most famous Soviet defector."
  • Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer | Paul Johnson

    Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer

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    • By Paul Johnson
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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."

    mdun says: "Great intro to an awful person"
  • Stalin's Hammer: The Axis of Time Series | John Birmingham

    Stalin's Hammer: The Axis of Time Series

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    • By John Birmingham
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    Ten years have passed since Admiral Kolhammer's 21st-century battlefleet was dragged into a wormhole and thrown across oceans of time, emerging with disastrous consequences and shattering the history of the Second World War.

    Edwin Li says: "Great return to world. More strategy & K, please!"
  • 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"
  • The Last Days of Stalin | Joshua Rubenstein

    The Last Days of Stalin

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    • By Joshua Rubenstein
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
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    Joshua Rubenstein's riveting account takes us back to the second half of 1952, when no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin's murderous regime. He was poised to challenge the newly elected US president Dwight Eisenhower with armed force and was also broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Stalin's sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life. It is no overstatement to say that his passing marked a major turning point in the 20th century.

    Count B says: "JUST A LITTLE TOO DULL"
  • Stalin: History in an Hour | Rupert Colley

    Stalin: History in an Hour

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    • By Rupert Colley
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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.

    Jessica - KaleidoscopesAndPolkaDots.Co says: "Fascinating & Succinct"
  • Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin & Leon Trotsky: The Soviet Union's Big Three |  Charles River Editors

    Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin & Leon Trotsky: The Soviet Union's Big Three

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    Among the leaders of the 20th century, arguably none shaped the course of history as much as Vladimir Lenin. If Adolf Hitler had not inflicted the devastation of World War II upon Europe, it's quite likely that the West would consider Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) the 20th century's greatest tyrant. Along with Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky led the October Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 and held crucial posts in the early Soviet governments.

    Jonathan Spaulding says: "boring and hard to listen to."
  • A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev | Vladimir Zubok

    A Failed Empire: The Soviet Union in the Cold War from Stalin to Gorbachev

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    • By Vladimir Zubok
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    Western interpretations of the Cold War--both realist and neoconservative--have erred by exaggerating either the Kremlin's pragmatism or its aggressiveness, argues Vladislav Zubok. Explaining the interests, aspirations, illusions, fears, and misperceptions of the Kremlin leaders and Soviet elites, Zubok offers a Soviet perspective on the greatest standoff of the 20th century.

    Augustus T. White says: "Focus on the Top Leadership"
  • The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More | Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    The Gulag Archipelago: Volume III: Katorga, Exile, Stalin Is No More

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    • By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this final volume of a towering work that is both literary masterpiece and living memorial to the untold millions of Soviet martyrs, Solzhenitsyn's epic narrative moves to its astounding and unforseen climax. We now see that this great cathedral of a book not only commemorates those massed victims but celebrates the unquenched spirit of resistance that flickered and then burst into flame even in Stalin's "special camps."

    JBB32 says: "Great Art smashes Tyranny"
  • Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar | Simon Sebag Montefiore

    Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

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    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • Narrated By John Nettles
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    There have been many biographies of Stalin, but the court that surrounded him is untravelled ground. Simon Sebag Montefiore, acclaimed biographer of Catherine the Great's lover, prime minister, and general, Potemkin, has unearthed the vast underpinning that sustained Stalin. Not only ministers such as Molotov or secret service chiefs such as Beria, but men and women whose loyalty he trusted only until the next purge.

    MR RH LEONARD says: "Must know"
  • 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

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    • By Michael Dobbs
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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 !"
  • Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership | Susan Butler

    Roosevelt and Stalin: Portrait of a Partnership

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    • By Susan Butler
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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.

    Gene W. Brown says: "Great Book: interesting"
  • The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941 | Roger Moorhouse

    The Devils' Alliance: Hitler's Pact With Stalin, 1939-1941

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    • By Roger Moorhouse
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
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    History remembers the Soviets and the Nazis as bitter enemies and ideological rivals - the two opposing totalitarian regimes of World War II whose conflict would be the defining and deciding clash of the war. Yet for nearly a third of the conflict's entire timespan, Hitler and Stalin stood side by side as partners.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Fascinating look at much neglected peiod"
  • The Life and Crimes of Joseph Stalin | Andrew Klein

    The Life and Crimes of Joseph Stalin

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    • By Andrew Klein
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    Joseph Stalin rose from humble roots to become the greatest madman of the 20th century. His disregard for human life dwarfs Hitler's, as does the scale of his crimes. This book by author Andrew Klein exposes "Uncle Joe" as the perpetrator of mass killings, mass incarcerations, and mass starvations across four decades. This book spares no detail and minces no words about the evil deeds of one of history's most brazen tyrants.

    jarrodmapes says: "Nothing but leftist properganda"
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