Did you know that Stalin took as his alias "Koba," the name of a fictional Georgian hero? That the famine of 1932 was Stalin's version of social control and cost 7 million lives? Here are the henchmen, the bystanders, and the innocent victims who became caught in Stalin's web, along with key events in Soviet history.
To get to the top, Joseph Stalin outmaneuvered Lenin, Trotsky, Kirov, and a legion of equally ruthless revolutionaries. This accessible and easy to read reference work reveals the more personal side of the Machiavellian mastermind, who not only orchestrated the Great Terror but also forged the USSR into a world power.
Joseph Stalin: A Biographical Companion offers balanced coverage and makes use of new information from Soviet archives, while at the same time avoids mind-numbing communist jargon and terminology. Also included are scores of rare illustrations, some never before published in the West.
Features • Includes rare illustrations, some never before published in the West
Highlights • Includes new information from Soviet archives
Helen Rappaport is a professional writer and editor for leading reference publishers. She is a graduate in Russian special studies from Leeds University.
Reviews "Articles are clearly written and vocabulary is accessible to students at the secondary school level and above. Recommended as a reference source in public libraries and in high school and college libraries where a curriculum need exists."—Booklist
"Both books are factual and well written ... Fascinating lives make a fascinating reading and both these volumes are not only useful as references, but they offer interesting insights... Both will be of use in libraries where there is demand, and, as with the other books in this series, larger academic and public libraries may want these books in circulation."—Against the Grain