One of the great works of modern history - the definitive biography of one of the world's most powerful and frightening rulers.
Stephen Kotkin has a fair claim to be considered as the greatest living expert on Stalin. He is the author of the highly-praised Stalin- Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 and Magnetic Mountain- Stalinism as a Civilization and Armageddon Averted- The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000. He is Professor of History at Princeton University.
Masterly, a riveting tale, written with pace and aplomb. [of volume
one] * New York Times *
Exhilarating, compelling, terrifying and utterly gripping... Stalin emerges from Kotkin's book as that most frightening of figures -- a man of absolute conviction. [of volume one] -- Lucy Hughes-Hallett * New Statesman *
Original, engaging, with a sharp, irreverent wit [of volume one] -- Sheila Fitzpatrick * Guardian *