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by Rupert Colley (Author), Jonathan Keeble (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 1 hour and 26 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Jan 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYHNB8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.

Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had "received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield." And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.

So who was Joseph Stalin, what was his role during the Russian Revolution; how did he come to power, what made him such a destructive tyrant, and how did he impose his will on the Soviet Union for so long? Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour....

©2013 Rupert Colley; (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I am impressed. I bought this as I knew so little about Stalin. I normally read full-length books (and was looking for one when I saw this) - I would certainly buy a similar book in future where what I want is an overview to cover gaps in my knowledge. Its brevity is a massive advantage. Despite its brevity, I did not feel that I was reading a dumbed down version - not at all. I am actually pleased that I bought this rather than a full-length book.

I read this book over a weekend. It held my interest - I did not find it at all boring. On the contrary, I found it very interesting.

I was impressed that, even when a chapter ended with Stalin's death, I was only 60% of the way through the book. "What follows?" I wondered. The answer was three very interesting chapters ('Stalin's Historiography', 'Stalin the Man' and 'De-Stalinisation') and two appendices - 'Key Players' and 'Stalin Timeline'. Those chapters reinforced what I had already learned from the book and therefore aided my learning. The structure of the book, therefore, is in my opinion excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As it says 9 Oct 2013
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The book does exactly as it says: gives you the basic information on the subject so if, like me, you know very little about Stalin, this gives you the background info. It's a pretty terrifying read too, when it clearly spells out one of the greatest atrocities of the last century.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Jun 2013
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This was a great book to read. Gives you a great deal of information without over complicating the subject. It's a good book to start off with and sets you up perfectly to want to learn more about Stalin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can anyone be so evil, and yet so revered. 8 July 2013
By ginger
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As with other History in an Hour books, this was concise and to the point, without lots of unnecessary padding and pointless facts.
It gave an immediate impression of the tyrant, and the almost hypnotic hold he had on his cronies (they thought), and the Russian nation as a whole.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good basis 12 April 2014
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I was able to get a good overview of Stalin through this book so it does what it sets out to achieve. It has provided me with a basis for further study. Easily read and well set out.Will look to purchase more of this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stalin 7 Mar 2014
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I like the idea of History in an hour books, I think they are valuable as a taster for larger works on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stalin; History in an Hour 26 Feb 2014
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Excellent little book. It acquaints the reader with all the historical facts that make further reading of the subject a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read. 15 Aug 2013
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A good insight into the person,does exactly what it says on the tin.Gave you all the basics about the person.
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