Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Based on ten years' astonishing new research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic, dangerous boy became a student priest, romantic poet, gangster mastermind, prolific lover, murderous revolutionary, and the merciless politician who shaped the Soviet Empire in his own brutal image: How Stalin became Stalin.


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About Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Cambridge University. His books have been published in more than thirty-five languages. Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography prizes in Britain. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar was awarded the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Award (U.K.), le Grand Prix de la biographie politique (France) and the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.
 
Published December 5, 2009 by Vintage. 496 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction

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Sebag Montefiore never delves into Stalin’s transformation, though he does make the interesting observation that the czar’s secret police “may have failed to prevent the Russian revolution, but they were so successful in poisoning revolutionary minds that, 30 years after the fall of the czars, th...

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The New York Times

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This meticulously researched, authoritative biography offers a detailed picture of Stalin’s childhood and youth, his shadowy career as a revolutionary in Georgia and his critical role during the October Revolution.

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The Guardian

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Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore 496pp, Weidenfeld, £25 Psychological profiling is big business these days.

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The Guardian

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Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore Weidenfeld & Nicolson £25, pp496 Should the life of a black-hearted ogre, a mass murderer who was the wickedest of the 20th-century's monsters, be quite so entertaining?

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Publishers Weekly

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Russian historian and author Montefiore presents an exciting, exemplary biography of the nondescript peasant boy who would become the most ruthless leader in Soviet history, a prequel of sorts to his Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar.

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Suite 101

A challenging new book aims to change forever the perception of Stone Age Britons from the primitive to the sophisticated.

Jun 22 2008 | Read Full Review of Young Stalin

The Bookbag

Summary: A biography overing the early life of arguably one of the most evil persons in history within our generation, that goes a long way towards helping the reader understand how he became the man he did, and a book likely to remain essential reading on its subject for some years to come.

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San Francisco Chronicle

In "Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar," published in 2003 to international acclaim, British historian and novelist Simon Sebag Montefiore presented a macabre and revealing portrait of the private world of the Soviet dictator during his years in power.

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London Review of Books

‘The underground was his natural habitat, through which he moved with elusively feline grace – and menace.’ The new preoccupations of Young Stalin have to do with Stalin as a man of the Caucasus (and, more specifically, a Caucasian gangster), his early promise as a Georgian poet, and his activiti...

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The Moderate Voice

Personally, I believe that readers would benefit more if the book were written in a memoir like style because as is, reading this book will give the reader lots of facts about Stalin but not really an ‘in’ to the man.

Nov 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Young Stalin

World War II Database

Before Joseph Stalin took on the name of Joseph Stalin, he was Ioseb Jughashvili, son of a cobbler from Georgia in the southern frontiers of the Russian Empire.

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Spectator Book Club

Stalin, known then as ‘Soso’ or ‘Koba’, replied, ‘My greatest pleasure is to choose one’s victim, prepare one’s plans minutely, slake an implacable vengeance, and then go to bed.

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