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Stalin

The Court of the Red Tsar
Narrated by: Jonathan Aris
Length: 27 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year.

Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

This thrilling biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader and Russian tsar. 

Based on groundbreaking research, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals in captivating detail the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written with extraordinary narrative verve, this magnificent feat of scholarly research has become a classic of modern history writing. Showing how Stalin's triumphs and crimes were the product of his fanatical Marxism and his gifted but flawed character, this is an intimate portrait of a man as complicated and human as he was brutal and chilling. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2003 Simon Sebag Montefiore (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Enlightening and entertaining

Montefiore's extensive research and writings give you an insight into the internal mindset of these great characters and how they worked with each other in the context of the great events of history. The book balanced well the personal events in Stalin and his inner circle's lives to those of wider events happening at the time and how that affected their motivations - very enlightening and entertaining. İ had the opportunity to read the abridged version which was also good however for those who appreciate depth this is the book for you. The book was very entertaining and enlightening. 5 stars.

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A must listen

A brilliant, insightful and entertaining history of Stalin. This farcical and utterly terrifying era of revolutionary Russia serves as a warning to us all

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A stroke of Genius in every way!

One of the the leading historians on the subject. What a feat! Engaging , poignant , and unabashedly honest portrait of one of the most misperceived villains of history . Utterly brilliant !

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A look behind the curtain

This book gives us a glimpse of life in The Kremlin during Stalin's rule. The book examines the relationships between Stalin and those who served under him, lived with him and helped him to make monumental decisions. This book does not examine or detail Stalin's policies, rather it explains the dynamics between Stalin and others, the interplay between them and the lifestyles they led. Here we find a Joseph Stalin who is anxious about his appearance, thoughtful, analytical and at times consumed by the minutiae of daily life and rivalries. We learn he is charming, educated and intelligent. We discover a learning and pragmatic war leader who probably saved the world from fascism, an achievement that should make us all glad for Stalin's ruthlessness. Whether you admire or loathe Stalin, you will be surprised by the man that emerges and how he developed his man of steel persona.The narrator is excellent and gives an excellent reading. This book is for anyone interested in this idealistic, dangerous and fascinating period of history.

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Story of murder and dictatorship

A well recounted and detailed history of a murderous regime that explains the paranoia that defines the Russian state. A shocking history that is woven into compulsive listening; how would the west ever consider an alliance with a regime that kills and tortures its own to such an extent? If you ever doubted Russophobia this will cure you!

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Brilliant

An absolutely chilling and aweinspiring book about Stalin and the people closest to him. One of the best books I've read. Fantastic work!

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Detailed and fascinating

An absolutely brilliant insight to the horrors of Stalin’s rule. The research is so detailed.

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fascinating !!!!

it is an amazing book , well put together and Simon Sebag Montefiore is a master of research and story telling ... even so one knows a lot about Stalin, and that era - this book is fascinating and so well presented ... worth buying and to own ...

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Superb History of Stain

This is the best book in Stalin’s later life I have read, or rather heard. It’s extremely well written and wonderfully narrated.

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Chilling and fascinating in equal measure

This is a well put together book with plenty of detail that I certainly wasn’t aware of before. It’s a good idea to keep the pdf handy just to keep a handle on who all the different characters are. I listened to a lot of twice or more because I wanted to be sure I hadn’t missed anything. It has actually increased my curiosity about the whole subject and I wouldn’t be surprised if I come back to it sometime in the future once I know a bit more about the background.