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|Named Person:||Joseph Stalin|
|Material Type:||Biography, Audio book, etc.|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Simon Sebag Montefiore
|Notes:||Originally published: New York : Knopf, 2007.|
|Description:||Sound disc : digital, mono, ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Contents:||Prologue: Bank robbery --
Keke's miracle, Soso; Crazy Beso; Brawlers, wrestlers and choirboys; Hanging in Gori; Poet and the priesthood; "Young man with the burning eyes"; Battle of the dormitories, Soso versus Father "Black spot"; Weatherman, parties and princes; Stalin goes underground, Konspiratsia; "I'm working for the Rothschilds!", fire, massacre and arrest in Batumi --
Prisoner; Frozen Georgian, Siberian exile; Bolshevik temptress; 1905, king of the mountain; 1905, fighters, urchins and dressmakers; 1905, the Mountain Eagle, Stalin meets Lenin; Man in grey, marriage, mayhem (and Sweden); Pirate and father; Stalin in London; Kamo goes insane, the game of bandits and Cossacks; Tragedy of Kato, Stalin's stony heart; Boss of the black city, plutocrats, protection-rackets and piracy; Louse racing, murder and madness, prison games; "River cock" and the noblewoman; "Milkman", was Stalin a Tsarist agent? --
Two lost fiancées and a pregnant peasant; Central Committee and "Glamourpuss" the schoolgirl; "Don't forget that name and be very wary!"; Escapist, Kamo's leap and the last bank robbery; Travels with the mysterious Valentina; Vienna, 1913, the wonderful Georgian, the Austrian artist and the Old Emperor; Secret policeman's ball, betrayal in drag --
"Darling, I'm in desperate straits"; 1914, arctic sex comedy; Hunter; Robinson Crusoe of Siberia; Stalin's reindeer-propelled sleigh and a Siberian son --
1917 spring, floundering leader; 1917 summer, sailors on the streets; 1917 autumn, Soso and Nadya; 1917 winter, the countdown; Glorious October 1917, the bungled uprising; Power, Stalin out of the shadows --
Epilogue: Old tyrant, in remembrance of things past.
|Responsibility:||Simon Sebag Montefiore.|
[This book] tells the story of a charismatic, darkly turbulent boy born into poverty, of doubtful parentage, scarred by his upbringing but possessed of unusual talents. Admired as a romantic poet and trained as a priest - both by the time he was in his early twenties - he found his true mission as a fanatical revolutionary. A mastermind of bank robbery, protection rackets, arson, piracy and murder, he was equal parts terrorist, intellectual and brigand. -Dust jacket.