"A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world. It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler's son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total world war, the former seminarian ruthlessly dominates the new regime until he stands as absolute ruler of a vast and terrible state apparatus, with dominion over Eurasia. While still building his power base within the Bolshevik dictatorship, he embarks upon the greatest gamble of his political life and the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted: the collectivization of all agriculture and industry across one sixth of the earth. Millions will die, and many more millions will suffer, but the man will push through to the end against all resistance and doubts."-- Provided by publisher.
Book — xiii, 246 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24cm.
Terror's human face
Stalin : struggles and successes
Agnessa : elite NKVD wife
Maria : portrait of the new Soviet family
Evgenia : luxury with a beast
Adile : princess bride of Abkhazia
Fekla : child of the kulaks
Stalin : the storm descends
Agnessa : crashing a funeral
Stalin : launching the great terror
Agnessa : the purge spreads far and wide
Maria : a narrow escape
Evgenia : socialist realist
Adile : the master will not abandon us
Fekla : becoming a Bolshevik
Stalin : the master needs a scapegoat
Agnessa : new year's eve with the Master
Maria : wife of a traitor to the motherland
Evgenia : losing everything
Adile : return and arrest
Fekla : face of the future
During the course of three decades, Joseph Stalin's Gulag, a vast network of forced labour camps and settlements, held many millions of prisoners. People in every corner of the Soviet Union lived in daily terror of imprisonment and execution. In researching the surviving threads of memoirs and oral reminiscences of five women victimised by the Gulag, Paul Gregory has stitched together a collection of stories from the female perspective, a view in short supply in the literature. Capturing the fear, paranoia, and unbearable hardship that were hallmarks of Stalin's Great Terror, Gregory relates the stories of these five women-from different social strata and regions-in vivid prose, from their pre-Gulag lives, through their struggles to survive in the repressive atmosphere of the late 1930s and early 1940s, to the difficulties facing the four who survived as they adjusted to life after the Gulag. These firsthand accounts illustrate how even the wrong word could become a crime against the state. Gregory begins with a synopsis of Stalin's rise to power, the roots of the Gulag, and the scheming and plotting that led to and persisted in one of the bloodiest, most egregious dictatorships of the twentieth century. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780817915742 20190129
Drawing from Hoover Institution archival documents, Paul Gregory sheds light on how the world's first socialist state went terribly wrong and why it was likely to veer off course through the tragic story of Stalin's most prominent victims: Pravda editor Nikolai Bukharin and his wife, Anna Larina. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780817910358 20160604
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2005.
Book — xviii, 715 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
The first full-scale biography of Stalin in twenty years reveals the complex and fascinating story of the Soviet dictator, from his dysfunctional childhood in Soviet Georgia, through his education and early political activism, to his tyrannical control over the Soviet Union and the legacy of his reign. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780674016972 20160528