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    • Stalin, Volume I

    • Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 38 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 352
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 309

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Book But First Time Listener Beware

    • By IRP on 03-23-15

    Regular price: $38.49

    • Stalin, Volume II

    • Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941
    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
    • Length: 49 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Kotkin continues his definitive biography of Stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror through to the coming of the conflict with Hitler's Germany that is the signal event of modern world history.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Would Be Riveting if Better Read

    • By Good Morning London on 03-04-18

    Regular price: $41.99

    • Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics

    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per day for hundreds of years, eventually covering one-sixth of the earth’s landmass. By 1900, it was the world’s fourth or fifth-largest industrial power and the largest agricultural producer in Europe.

    Regular price: $1.95

    • Armageddon Averted

    • The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000
    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: John Pruden
    • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Combining historical and geopolitical analysis with an absorbing narrative, Kotkin draws upon extensive research, including memoirs by dozens of insiders and senior figures, to illuminate the factors that led to the demise of Communism and the USSR. The new edition puts the collapse in the context of the global economic and political changes from the 1970s to the present day. Kotkin creates a compelling profile of post-Soviet Russia.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good but too fast

    • By Sean Banta on 11-20-18

    Regular price: $13.99

    • The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • By: Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
    • Length: 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1

    How did 21st-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule? An advanced industrial country of 142 million people, it has no enduring political parties that organize and respond to voter preferences. The military is sprawling yet tame; the immense secret police are effectively in one man’s pocket. The hydrocarbon sector is a personal bank, and indeed much of the economy is increasingly treated as an individual fiefdom. Mass media move more or less in lockstep with the commands of the presidential administration.

    Regular price: $1.95