"Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar" by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Fifty years after his death, Stalin remains a figure of powerful and dark fascination. The almost unfathomable scale of his crimes, as many as 20 million Soviets died in his purges and infamous Gulag, has given him the lasting distinction as a personification of evil in the twentieth century. But though the facts of Stalin?s reign are well known, this remarkable biography reveals a Stalin we have never seen before as it illuminates the vast foundation, human, psychological and physical, that supported and encouraged him, the men and women who did his bidding, lived in fear of him and, more often than not, were betrayed by him.

With stunning attention to detail, Montefiore documents the crimes, small and large, of all the members of Stalin?s court. And he traces the intricate and shifting web of their relationships as the relative warmth of Stalin?s rule in the early 1930s gives way to the Great Terror of the late 1930s, the upheaval of World War II (there has never been as acute an account of Stalin?s meeting at Yalta with Churchill and Roosevelt) and the horrific postwar years when he terrorized his closest associates as unrelentingly as he did the rest of his country.

Date and Time:
 Thursday, April 22, 2004.  6:00 PM.
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