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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest treatment of its subject, 6 July 1998
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This review is from: Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1929-41 (Paperback)
Neither Stalin, the collectivization crisis, nor the terror suffer from a dearth of good and serious studies. Yet despite the crowded field, Tucker's "Stalin in Power" is by far the best treatment of all three complex events. No other book sets out as credible, well-researched and well considered a theory of the workings of Stalin's mind. The great challenge presented by the Soviet thirties is the comprehension of the real logic behind what appears from the outside as mass irrationality. Most writers' personal models of depth and social psychology are inadequate to the task. Tucker succeeds, by a significant margin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now dated, 10 Jan 2013
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A caveat to the previous comments dating from the 90s is that more material has since been uncovered and so it will be necessary to place the book's thesis in this context. Nevertheless a substantial contribution.
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Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1929-41
Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1929-41 by Robert C. Tucker (Paperback - 23 Sep 1992)
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