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There can be no doubt that Stalin is one of the most notorious and controversial figures in history. He presents a puzzling paradox for both psychologists and sociologists; he was simultaneously revered, feared, loved, and hated during his lifetime. So much has been written about the life of Joseph Stalin, and yet upon closer inspection, he still seems to present us with quite an enigma.

His cruelty towards his political opponents and dissidents is well known, but so are his efforts to go out of his way in lifting up the most downtrodden and desperate members of Soviet society, giving them the chance that Tsarist Russia would not.

Inside you will hear about....

  • A Change of Weather
  • The Real Revolution Begins
  • From Exile to Supreme Leader
  • A Brave New Word
  • Stalin’s Gambit
  • Stalin Makes a Comeback
  • Defending the Capitol
  • Going West

Stalin is known as a brutish dictator who struck a bargain with Hitler as if he was an old friend, yet it was this same Stalin who would almost single-handedly save Europe from Nazi occupation. Who was Stalin? What did he really want? In this audiobook, we explore the complexities and nuances of the living, breathing conundrum who called himself Joseph Stalin.

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A good overall story told in one hour

In my opinion, this portrait of Stalin did not present him in black or white. Stalin was a product of its time and place and became a Soviet Tsar after the 1917 revolution demolished the Romanov’s monarchy of Russia. The new leader of the new now Soviet empIre instead of demolished Russian Empire ruled it like a monarch. It is fair to portrait Stalin in this way rather than painting this great historical figure as just a monster. There are few historical mistakes in this story in my opinion. For some reason many western historians pointing out how Stalin lost hart when Hitler invaded the SU on 22 June 1941 and was hiding himself in his dacha for 3 or some say even for 7 days. The fact is Stalin did not come back to Kremlin on the 29th of June, inly one day... Another mistake in this story that Stalin called a town Volgograd after his name. In fact, Stalingrad used to be called Tsaritsin and got the name Volgograd after the death of Stalin.
Overall this is an interesting story told in one hour