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Stalin: Breaker of Nations Paperback – November 1, 1992
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Robert Conquest writes his book for the common reader who only has a minimal knowledge of Stalin and Stalinism. The book is nonetheless engaging enough for the serious Russian history buff. Anyone who reads "Stalin: Breaker of Nations" will at least come away with the conclusion that Stalin was the most prolific mass murderer in history (yes even more than Hitler). The purpose of the book is ultimately to stimulate enough interest for the reader to do some further research and reading.Read more ›
With that aside, here Conquest dives as deeply into Stalin's life and personality as possible, though some readers who are trying to understand the extreme depths of his evil may be disappointed. Of course, such deeply psychological info is impossible to obtain, and only the man himself could know what he was thinking, even though Stalin was probably quite unhinged mentally.Read more ›
Conquest starts out his book where it all began, in the country of Georgia at the birth of Stalin. We learn there is some confusion over Stalin's birth date and his birth father. Life is hard for young Iosif; his home life is abusive and the family moves around a bit. Stalin ends up enrolled in a seminary school, where he spends five years studying Russian and reading banned Western books. School discipline is strict, and this discipline and arbitrary rules radicalizes young Stalin. Stalin falls in with Marxist revolutionaries and begins his long march to infamy. Conquest's account of Stalin's revolutionary years is a long litany of arrest and internal exile. Stalin repeatedly escapes from Siberian exile only to be rearrested. Stalin does manage to move up in the ranks, becoming known to both Lenin and Trotsky. When the revolution breaks out, Stalin ends up on the front lines, where he takes part in a few unimportant actions (which are elevated to godlike military exploits once Stalin is in charge). Iosif defies many orders and tends to take matters into his own hands, a trait that others will die for when Stalin assumes control.
The rest of the book is the monster. After the death of Lenin, Stalin begins his climb to power by systematically eradicating his fellow Politburo members.Read more ›
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Whereas most dictators are content to suppress and brutalize individuals perceived as a threat, Uncle Joe Stalin was no mere piker and accordingly suppressed and brutalized entire... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dktrdktr
I really want to love this book, but I can't. I really loved reading about Stalin, not that I approve, but its SUCH A bloody story. And he WINS! The bad guy wins. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Roo
One of the last of Robert Conquest’s books dealing with 20th century Russia is Stalin: Breaker of Nations (New York: Penguin Books, c. 1991). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gerard Reed
The original Iron man is the REAL IRON MAN! his self-imposed Iron curtain in the USSR isolated the soviet network from western information that could destroy their ideological... Read morePublished 13 months ago by lindsey bennett
This is a very interesting book about Stalin's private life, his relations with his wives and his rise to power. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carolyn
Actually, I haven't read this book yet, but I'm certain it'll be excellent, because I've read Conquest's THE GREAT TERROR and know that he's an expert on Stalin, as well as a very... Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by reading man