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In this book, the first to draw from recently released archives, Robert Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student; as a revolutionary and communist theoretician; as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it. He presents the landmarks of Stalin's rule: the ...
In this book, the first to draw from recently released archives, Robert Conquest gives us Stalin as a child and student; as a revolutionary and communist theoretician; as a political animal skilled in amassing power and absolutely ruthless in maintaining it. He presents the landmarks of Stalin's rule: the clash with Lenin; collectivization; the great Terror; the Nazi-Soviet pact and the Nazi-Soviet war; the anti-Semitic campaign that preceded his death; and the legacy he left behind.
List of Illustrations Prefatory Note Introduction
4. Rising Revolutionary
6. Civil War
7. The Long Death of Lenin
8. The Fight for Power
9. Towards Supremacy
11. With Hitler
13. Postwar: Cold War
14. Last Years
15. Stalin Today Bibliographical Note Index
Posted April 14, 2014
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. The author includes does a good job describing his life, from when he was a child to becoming the ruler of the Soviet Union. The book was extremely informative and describes something other resources would usually leave out, such as his personal life, marriage, and family. The book presents a neutral stance on Stalin, making sure to include sources that were either with or against Stalin. However, the book also had some problems. First, the book would keep on going on. The second problem I had was that it was sometimes hard to read. The information would sometimes be jumbled up in a section and would require me having to look for what it was related to. The final problem was that the author assumed that the reader already had some knowledge prior to reading the book. A lot of terms or people come out randomly, and sometimes there would be no information about them our how they’re relevant to the topic and would require extra reading in order to understand it. In conclusion, the book is a good resource to use if you want to learn more about Stalin and I would recommend this book to people interested in learning more about Stalin and won’t mind the extra reading they would need to do.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 14, 2005
Stalin:Breaker of Nations reveals the unbelievable childhood of Stalin and shows what led to his uprising and terror of the Russian people. Conquest does a great job of analyzing documents for this book. The author also shows how Stalin's legacy lives on today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 12, 2004
'Breaker of Nations' caused me to believe that this book was about the destruction and domination of Eastern Europe and other international events. Instead, it's about Stalin's climb to power. It is written like a supplimentary text for a history course. The professor's lecture fills in the many missing pieces. The only reason I understood what Conquest was writing about during the civil war era was because I read 'Stalin's Lieutenants' by Spahr. I already knew about Stalin's esteem for Budenny, and Zhukov's duty and victories in the East. I knew about the poison gassing of recalcitrant peasants and the rebellious sailors on the battleships 'Petrpavlovsk' and 'Sevastopol'. This book is not even properly cited, no end or foot notes. Conquest gives a quote about Beria warning President Bierut of Poland to stop questioning Stalin about thousands of missing Polish communists, p.289. A reader does not know if this quote is from Polish sources, which can cause a reader to think differently about Beria. If the quote is from Beria and is unsubstantuated, then the quote could be self-justification by Beria, while he revised his own history. At the end of the book, Conquest gives a list of recommended books, which intensifies the feeling of a required text book that is explained by the professor. This book needed a good editor to pull it together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2004
Stalin:Breaker of Nations,by Robert Conquest was by far one of the best biographies I myself have ever read.Before reading this book,my view of stalin went as far as to what I learned in school.In this book,Conquest brilliantly reviews Stalin's life as a child,leading us up to what led him to become the most hated,despised,and feared man of the 20th century.I strongly recommend reading this book as a means of learning about the single most feared man that had the biggest effect on the lives of the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 15, 2008
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