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The unknown Stalin : his life, death and legacy

Author: Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev; Zhores A Medvedev
Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2004.
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Giving the best and most informative explanation to date of the mystery of Stalin's death, renowned historians Roy and Zhores Medvedev have written a gripping new biography of Joseph Stalin, based on findings from research into archives only recently made available, as well as the Medvedev brothers' own experiences during and after Stalin's brutal regime. Conventional beliefs and cliches are contradicted and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev; Zhores A Medvedev
ISBN: 1585675024 9781585675029
OCLC Number: 53469511
Description: 335 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part II. Stalin and Nuclear Weapons --
Part III. Stalin and Science --
Part IV. Stalin and the War --
Part V. The Unknown Stalin.
Other Titles: Neizvestnyĭ Stalin.
Responsibility: Roy Medvedev and Zhores Medvedev ; translated by Ellen Dahrendorf.
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Giving the best and most informative explanation to date of the mystery of Stalin's death, renowned historians Roy and Zhores Medvedev have written a gripping new biography of Joseph Stalin, based on findings from research into archives only recently made available, as well as the Medvedev brothers' own experiences during and after Stalin's brutal regime. Conventional beliefs and cliches are contradicted and disproved, inaccuracies and misconceptions are corrected, and the facts about Stalin's intellect, ancestry, and the fortunes of his personal effects after his death are fully examined. Perhaps most remarkable of all are the Medvedevs' revelations and contentions concerning Stalin's death: There has been much suspicion over whether he was assassinated or died of natural causes, and the authors go a long way toward resolving this question. The Unknown Stalin resonates with particular intensity due to the personal detail and recollections of the two authors -- each of whom has his own history as a Russian dissident and commentator. This startling new work represents one of the most significant contributions to the study of Russian history in decades, a book of vital interest to scholars and general readers.

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