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In its size, sweep, sensitivity, and surprises, Stephen Kotkin's first volume on Stalin is a monumental achievement: the early life of a man we thought we knew, set against the world - no less - that he inhabited. It's biography on an epic scale. Only Tolstoy might have matched it (John Lewis Gaddis (author of THE COLD WAR))
[Kotkin's] latest book is the first of an immense, three-volume study of Stalin, which promises to set new standards for scholarship on the Georgian-born Soviet dictator (Tony Barber Financial Times BOOKS OF THE YEAR)
Stalin has had more than his fair share of biographies. But Stephen Kotkin's wonderfully broad-gauged work surpasses them all in both breadth and depth, showing brilliantly how the man, the time, the place, its history, and especially Russian/Soviet political culture, combined to produce one of history's greatest evil geniuses (William Taubman (author of KHRUSHCHEV: THE MAN AND HIS ERA))
Stephen Kotkin's first volume on Stalin is ambitious in conception and masterly in execution ... combines biography with historical analysis in a way that brings out clearly Stalin's great political talents as well as the ruthlessness with which he applied them and the impact his policies had on Russia and the world. This is a magisterial work on the grandest scale (David Holloway (author of STALIN AND THE BOMB))
Stephen Kotkin's biography of Stalin, of which this but the first of three volumes, is a most impressive achievement. Based on both archival and printed sources, it treats in meticulous detail the early years of a tyrant who was destined to become one of the most influential political figures of the twentieth century (Richard Pipes (author of RUSSIA UNDER THE BOLSHEVIK REGIME))
Stephen Kotkin has a fair claim to be the greatest living expert on Stalin. He is the author of Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization and Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000. He is Professor of History at Princeton University.
this is an incredible piece of research work Amounting to a chronological account of Josef Stalin's accumulation of absolute power in spite of Lenen's assertion that he should be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by michael billingham
Absolutely magnificent. I impatiently await the next two volumes.Published 6 months ago by G. Sanders
This is a very substantial volume (920 pages) and includes not just Stalin's own biography but also a wide-ranging account of developments in the czarist empire and subsequent... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Prof Mark Cowling
Highly detailed and an unbelievable number of references but I found it a fairly hard read - something about the author's style - not one I found myself cheerfully picking up and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by RobW
Very well written with an engaging style, this book goes into great detail not only about its main subject Station, but also the many people and powers that influenced the time in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joris Szkudlarski