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Stalin

Michael Kerrigan

‘I trust no one, not even myself.’ – Joseph Stalin Thug, armed robber, activist, revolutionary, tyrant – we know the headlines, we know about the atrocities, but what do we really know of the man at the heart of it all? Stalin looks... Read moreRead less

‘I trust no one, not even myself.’ – Joseph Stalin
Thug, armed robber, activist, revolutionary, tyrant – we know the headlines, we know about the atrocities, but what do we really know of the man at the heart of it all? Stalin looks behind the image of the dictator and explores Ioseb Jughashvili’s Georgian childhood, his early political awakening, his criminal life, his rise within the Bolshevik party, and his times in exiles. It examines his personal life, including his two marriages and children from other relationships, his son’s attempted suicide and his second wife’s suicide. It charts his emergence as leader, his political ideology, his handling of famines, his secret police, gulags and murderous purges. It explores Stalin as war leader through the Civil War, Polish-Soviet War and World War II, and examines how he brought Eastern Europe behind the ‘Iron Curtain’ after 1945. It investigates the theory that the dictator might have been murdered by those close to him, and looks at just how quickly leading Soviet figures denounced the personality cult around him after his death. Stalin industrialised the Soviet Union and established the country as a world power – but at immense human cost. Expertly written and illustrated with 180 photographs, paintings and artworks, Stalin tells the inside story behind one of the most significant figures of the 20th century.

Format: 244 x 186mm hb
Extent: 224pp
Word count: 53,000
Illustrations: 180 photos, maps and artworks
ISBN: 9781782746782

Michael Kerrigan

Michael Kerrigan was educated at St. Edward’s College and University College, Oxford, England. He is the author of The History of Death, A Dark History: The Roman Emperors, Ancients In Their Own Words, World War II Plans That Never Happened, and American Presidents: A Dark History. He is a columnist, book reviewer, and feature writer for publications including the Scotsman and the... Read moreRead less

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