To eradicate those regarded as “enemies of the working class”, Stalin instituted the “Great Purge” in which over a million were imprisoned and at least 700,000 were executed from 1934 to 1939. In 1939 Stalin’s government signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. Germany ended the pact by invading the Soviet Union in 1941. The Soviet Red Army halted the German incursion and captured Berlin in 1945, ending World War II in Europe. Everyone thinks they know him, but who was Stalin, really?


Initially presiding over an oligarchic one-party regime that governed by plurality, Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili became the de facto dictator of the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin raised funds for Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik faction via robberies, kidnappings, and protection rackets. Repeatedly arrested, he underwent several internal exiles.


The book is ordered and written in such a way that one can read from beginning to end straight through or start from any chapter. This is my third Stalin biography, and by far the best.

dallas riedesel

Wow...This Stalin guy sounds like a real piece of work. Kinda reminds me of my mom a little bit.


Extremely elegantly composed simple to peruse and get it. Suggested. I like and appreciate this book. Recommended !!

Dave Huss