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Nigel Cawthorne


Born Josef Dzhugashvili in Gori, Georgia in 1879, the young Stalin studied to become a priest whilst secretly reading the works of Karl Marx. Politics was to become his religion and between 1902 and 1913 he was arrested for revolutionary activities and exiled to Siberia eight times, escaping on seven occasions. Following the Revolution he employed a cocktail of charm and ruthless cunning to slither up the treacherous Communist Party hierarchy, often by taking posts that nobody wanted which enabled him to build up a power base virtually unnoticed, until, with perfect timing, he was in a position to take over the Party leadership from Lenin when he died in 1924. Surrounding himself with terrified yes-men and trusting absolutely nobody, he was dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until his death in 1953.
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  • Jonathan Von Dongdelade ett intryckför 8 år sedan
    👍Värt att läsa

    Better than some books I've read on the subject, worse than others...some of the "facts" in this book were somewhat misleading especially in regards to Stalin's sex life. The man was an ascetic and paranoid hermit who lived in a closed masculine world of his own design. His romantic adventures as portrayed here are highly questionable.


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    The former security chief was found guilty of offences that stretched back to 1919, when he had worked in the security service of the short-lived Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR), a Muslim parliamentary democracy that had been recognized by the United States and Britain. However, Lenin was anxious to secure the vital Baku oilfields so in 1920 the ADR was invaded by the Red Army
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    Under Yagoda, even children were arrested for ‘stealing Socialist property’ and sent to labour camps.

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