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Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1929-41 Hardcover – 20 Mar 1991
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This book forms the second volume of Tucker's biography of Stalin, the first volume of which, "Stalin as Revolutionary", was recently reissued by Norton in the United Kingdom. Robert Tucker shows that Stalin was a Bolshevik of the radical right whose revolution cast the country deep into its imperial, autocratic past. In 1929 Stalin plunged Soviet Russia into a coercive "revolution from above", a decade long effort to amass military-industrial power for a new war. He forced 25 million peasant families into state-run collectives and transformed the Communist Party into a servile instrument. In 1939, he concluded the pact with Hitler that enabled him to grasp at Eastern Europe while Hitler made war in the West. Tucker brings a fresh and authoritative analysis to these events and to the Terror of the 1930s, revealing the motives and methods of what he calls the greatest murder mystery of this century.
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Too much minutiae regarding party affairs and activities to the point of comprehensive detailed report on communist party’s history. Maybe that has value for historians or people digging out some specific facts or incidents but for the general reader: boring… Boring and quite repetition is the summary of this book.
There is too much guessing of what went (or must have gone) through Stalin’s mind as events unfolded and as he did or did not do certain things. Before tackling these two voluminous volumes suggested to me by a former Soviet citizen, I was interested in getting an account of so many lives, estimated at twenty million.. Those lives were wasted because of the poor decisions and ‘pigheadedness’ of this guy; a lazy youth whose profession was ‘being a revolutionary’. The books unfortunately falls far short of accounting for that.
What comes through from the two volumes is the evilness of groupthink of social animals and how they get trapped in their own collective behavior. Those stupids who suffered his purges and persecutions did not have to choose him in the first place!