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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crimes of Stalin, 31 May 2013
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This review is from: The Crimes of Stalin: The Murderous Career of the Red Tsar [Fully Illustrated] (Kindle Edition)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of an eye opener, 19 Oct 2013
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This book is a good read for anyone interested in the subject. It's well written and informative. Not to long or dry it keeps you interested. I found the chapters on the young Stalin very interesting. It's astonishing that someone like this man managed not to be killed by one of his contemporaries. Gives you a view into the mind of probably the most ruthless and murderous man ever to be in charge of so many innocent people and the horrific consequence.
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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 The crimes of Stalin, 29 Nov 2013
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I think Kindle is by far the best way to read. The service is fantastic and the choice is marvelous
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