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Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar Paperback – 16 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (16 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753817667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753817667
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 202 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the two outstanding books of the year ... the most civilised and elegant chronicle of brutality and ruthlessness I have ever read, its prose cool and clear but never indifferent (Ruth Rendell Daily Telegraph)

Horrific, revelatory and sobering ... triumph of research and should be required reading in Russia. Book of the Year (John Le Carré Observer)

This grim masterpiece, shot through with lashes of black humour ... The personal details are riveting (Antonia Fraser Mail on Sunday)

Fascinating ... [Montefiore] concentrates, as any good historian should, on pushing forward the boundaries of our knowledge of the subject ... [He] provides rich detail of daily life and family relationships in a world of human values turned inside out ... scrupulously fair in the way he describes Stalin's qualities - including his ability to charm, his uncanny grasp of geopolitical issues, his brilliant handling of foreign statesmen and his genuine passion for literature (Antony Beevor Sunday Times)

Masterful and terrifying account of Stalin ... seldom has the picture been put in finer focus than by Sebag Montefiore. It is partly through his diligent interviews with the children of survivors and his admirable combination of history and gossip that one sees the awful banality, the brutal crudity of the men who carelessly sent so many millions to their senseless deaths (Alistair Horne The Times)

This magnificent portrait ... Montefiore has mined the rich veins of recent Russian writing on the Stalin age and of newly opened archives to give us an intimate history ... The stifling, contiguous life of the Soviet elite in and around the Kremlin is wonderfully conveyed, in some of the most striking and literary passages in the book ... A wonderfully rich and vibrant portrait of the Stalinist elite who lived in the shadow of a remarkable and dangerous colossus (Richard Overy Literary Review)

Read it or face social Siberia ... a cross-over success. Academically and intellectually rigorous, it's also a riveting read ... it takes a great writer to make it seem fresh. And Sebag Montefiore certainly does that ... his greatest achievement has been to "humanise" Stalin. Uncle Joe was a mass murderer and a paranoid sociopath. But he was also charming, friendly and flirtatious (100 Best Things in the World Right Now GQ Magazine)

Grimly brilliant (Andrew Marr Daily Telegraph)

Excellent ... This book is like a vast Russian novel full of characters, colour, terror, passion and treachery ... love affairs, marriages, divorces, imprisonments and killings (Susannah Tarbush Al-Hayat)

Montefiore has managed to get inside the mind of the 20th century's worst mass murderer. What he has found there will affect your view of human nature ... a thoughtful book of first-class scholarship as well as a transfixing narrative ... vividly recreated by Montefiore's caustically witty prose (Andrew Roberts Daily Telegraph)

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The thrilling biography of Stalin - an international bestseller

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