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    Young Stalin (Phoenix) (Paperback) By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore

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    DescriptionStalin remains one of the creators of our world - like Hitler, the personification of evil. Yet Stalin hid his past and remains mysterious. This enthralling biography that reads like a thriller finally unveils the secret but extraordinary journey of the Georgian cobbler's son who became the Red Tsar. What forms such a merciless psychopath and consummate politician? Was he illegitimate? Did he owe everything to his mother - was she whore or saint? Was he a Tsarist agent or Lenin's chief gangster? Was he to blame for his wife's premature death? If he really missed the 1917 Revolution, how did he emerge so powerful? Born in poverty, exceptional in his studies, this charismatic but dangerous boy was hailed as a romantic poet, trained as a priest, but found his mission as fanatical revolutionary. The secret world of Joseph Conrad-style terrorism was Stalin's natural habitat, where he charmed his future courtiers, made the enemies he later liquidated, and abandoned his many mistresses and children. Montefiore shows how the murderous paranoia and gangsterism of the criminal underworld, combined with pitiless ideology, taught Stalin how to triumph in the Kremlin.


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    Title
    Young Stalin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Simon Sebag Montefiore
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780753823798
    ISBN 10: 0753823799
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVUA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD
    Libri: ENGM1075, ENGM2000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVUA
    Libri: STAL2000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJ
    DC22: 947.0842092
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHD
    Illustrations note
    74, 4 maps
    Publisher
    Orion Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    Publication date
    01 May 2008
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy. His books are published in over forty languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the History Book of the Year Prize, British Book Awards. YOUNG STALIN won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (USA), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY won the Jewish Book of the Year Prize (USA). He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, SASHENKA and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER. Dr Montefiore's next major history book will be THE ROMANOVS: RISE AND FALL, 1613-1917. He has presented BBC television series on the Holy Cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. Visit his website for more information www.simonsebagmontefiore.com, join on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Sebag-Montefiore and follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/simonmontefiore.
    Review quote
    'this terrific and terrifying biography of the years to 1917.' THE INDEPENDENT It shares with its predecessor (STALIN THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR) the virtues of fine prose, empathy with a rich range of characters and narrative of great ability. Ross Leckie, THE TIMES brilliantly readable history of Stalin'..Sebag Montefiore's re-creation of the world in which his subject's picaresque career unfolded is wonderfully detailed and convincing, and the portrait he paints of an egotistical monster in the making is unforgettable. Pick of the Week in THE SUNDAY TIMES this lively and accomplished account of Stalin's "gangsterish", pre-revolutionary youth, which draws on material from newly opened archives. THE GUARDIAN bring[ing] to life the unnerving 'young man with the burning eyes' THE OBSERVER This colourful account'is a gripping read as well as faultlessly scholarly THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH this zippy prequel EVENING STANDARD gripping account". An excellent companion to Montefiore's previous bestseller BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE a thrilling portrait of Lenin's chief gangster and successor. DAILY EXPRESS