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The Crimes of Stalin: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar [Fully Illustrated] [Kindle Edition]

Nigel Cawthorne
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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. 

In that time he defeated Hitler, out-maneuvered all his rivals and forged a mighty and vast empire of over 800 million people from a patchwork of poor countries which included Russia itself, working on his simple premise of "Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem." The human cost was enormous, but this never troubled his conscience. Peasants who resisted his policy of collectivisation were denounced as kulaks and either arrested and shot, exiled or worked to death in the Gulag, his ever-expanding network of concentration camps. Nobody, not even his friends, family or allies were safe. Yet despite all this, he was worshipped by millions as a great leader, although he had more blood on his hands than Hitler, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot put together.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14047 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Arcturus Publishing (1 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AL3XBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Nigel Cawthorne is the author of some eighty books - and a major contributor to at least twenty more. He lives in a flat girlfriends have described as a book-writing factory in Bloomsbury, London's literary area, and writes in the great British Library, which is supposed to be one of the best pick-up joints in London. However, his reputation is such that people will tell you he is more often seen drinking in Soho's famous bohemian watering hole, the French pub - still known to some denizens as the Yorkminster - with a beautiful young woman on his arm.

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5.0 out of 5 stars the evil men do 24 Oct. 2014
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I watched a clip You Tube about a massacre of during the second world war. To cut a long story short, today we now know that Josef Stalin was responsible for killing thousands of women and children in a Polish village near the end of the war. Roosevelt and Churchill covered up Stalin's crime and blamed it the Germans.

The video then showed the three leaders smiling and chatting, having drinks, like nothing had happened.

Being partners with Josef Stalin was like being partners with a serial killer who sneaks away, kills little children, hides the bodies, and then sneaks back into the office to smile for the cameras. The other two partners, who knew for years about their friend, shrug and say, "Oh dear, not again Joe, tut tut"! The friends then go about their business.

It is only after the war that they admit that Stalin is a serial killer and turn their public relations on their former business partner.

Now communism is the evil enemy.

Today, even the academic admits that Stalin was worse than Hitler. But this is what the fascists and national socialists were saying during the 1920's and 1930's!

We now call these wise heads, 'appeaser's, when in fact they were worried about Stalin killing their children'.

The fascists said that Hitler was the good guy in the 1920's and so did David Lloyd George, the ex prime minister of Britain and many more British gentlemen. You are not allowed to say this today.

This book paints the true picture (literally) and it's telling that there are not hundreds of reviews like you find in a Hitler book. Why is this? Why isn't Hollywood pumping out Stalin fims like they do Hitler films?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Soviet Godfather 15 Jun. 2014
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'The Crimes of Stalin' is a well-written and easy to read summary of one of the 20th century's most significant and powerful people. In addition to detailing Stalin's many crimes - the police state, the Great Terror and the purges, the slave labour camps and the arrest and death of millions of innocent civilians - this book provides an excellent summary of Stalin's early years, his rise to power and his legacy. I particularly enjoyed the account of the early years when Stalin (or Koba, as he was then known) was an outlaw bandit and gang leader. Clearly that was an influential period on Stalin's development, as he continued to behave like a ruthless Mafia boss once in power.

If I have one small criticism, I thought the narrative flow is occasionally disrupted by brief sections on related topics or characters - for example, an explanation of the Julian calendar, a brief history of Georgia, some notes on Karl Marx - which are interesting but felt like a diversion.

If you are interested in 20th century history and want to know more about the Soviet Union, I can strongly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great if your Stalin knowledge is sketchy 21 Oct. 2014
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I loved how straight-to-the-point and unpretentious this book was. Far from a hack job, it gave some new knowledge, filled in some holes, added extra detail and waded through the fog of such a complicated, multi-layered subject.
It makes things clearer, about a vicious monster whose army nevertheless played a major part in Defeating the Nazis in WWII.
And, of course, it's an incredible story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but I felt a bit short changed. I ... 3 Nov. 2014
By BarryR
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OK but I felt a bit short changed. I wanted more on the crimes when he was in power. It didn't say anything new and there was not much detail. Will not add much to your knowledge of either Stalin or the communist period or the revolution unless you are new to this history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crimes of Stalin 31 May 2013
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Excellent book well worth the money and a good read, although not as comprehensive as both of Simon Sebag Montifiore' s volumes about him and his regime, it's still highly recommended.
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