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  • Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine | Anne Applebaum

    Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Anne Applebaum
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
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    In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization - in effect a second Russian Revolution - which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief, the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem.

    Ensignbay says: "Shocking inhumanity"
  • 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"
  • Stalin | Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

    Stalin

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    • By Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    • Narrated By Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
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    Josef Stalin, the "Man of Steel," made himself synonymous with the state. This lecture examines obscure beginnings, his rise to power, and the cult of personality deliberately crafted around him.

  • 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"
  • 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!"
  • 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....

    WSV1975 says: "Stalin actually ran our war policy!"
  • 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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    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.

    Jim says: "A Slowly Disolving Life"
  • 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
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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.

    Joanne says: "A Time Capsule"
  • True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy | Kati Marton

    True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy

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    • By Kati Marton
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    True Believer reveals the life of Noel Field, an American who betrayed his country and crushed his family. Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American, spied for Stalin during the 1930s and '40s. Then, a pawn in Stalin's sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades.

    Joseph L. Moore says: "Better than you'd expect"
  • Stalin: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar | Nigel Cawthorne

    Stalin: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar

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    • By Nigel Cawthorne
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    Worshipped by the Russians as a great leader, Stalin was one of modern history's greatest tyrants, rivalling Hitler, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot. But he probably had more blood on his hands than any of them.  

  • 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.

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

    Young Stalin

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    • By Simon Sebag Montefiore
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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: 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"
  • 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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    • By Charles River Editors
    • Narrated By Bill Johnston
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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.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good book, one fact not correct"
  • 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

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • 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.

    Donald Hill says: "Never Judge and Book by its cover!"
  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 | John Mosier

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

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    • 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.

    neilium says: "The tone grows wearisome after a few chapters"
  • 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
    • 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 !"
  • The Last Days of Stalin | Joshua Rubenstein

    The Last Days of Stalin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • 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"
  • 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
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
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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."

    Howie says: "If the whole series is too daunting, read this one"
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