"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.
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
This work is an exploration of Hitler and his role in the Third Reich. The book unravels the complex historiographical debate surrounding this notorious figure by examining his personality, his ideas and the nature of his power. It surveys Hitler's career chronologically and includes coverage of: the young idealogue; the Fuhrer State; Hitler's role in the outbreak of the Second World War; and Hitler's involvement in the Holocaust. This second edition brings the continuing debate up to date in light of recent reseach, and speculates on the implications of the Irving trial. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780415250740 20160527
Ceaseless radicalization-- the drive for expansion-- marks of a genocidal mentality-- miscalculation-- going for broke-- licensing barbarism-- zenith of power-- designing a "war of annihilation"-- showdown-- fulfilling the "prophecy"-- last big throw of the dice-- beleaguered-- hoping for miracles-- luck of the devil-- no way out-- into the abyss-- extinction.
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It is impossible to offer an adequate parallel to Hitler's situation in 1936. With the peaceful resolution of the Rhineland crisis, Hitler became both the adored object of the vast majority of Germans and an international symbol of modernity and dynamism. He managed this while in reality being the dictator of a system of single-minded viciousness new to human experience. In this book, drawing on a vast range of material, Ian Kershaw allows us to understand both the dictator himself and the society that made him. Perhaps this book's greatest achievement is to make clear the often conflicting dynamics that led from the seemingly stable, successful Germany of 1937 to the brutalised military state of the 1940s. By concentrating on the figure of Hitler, Kershaw both gives an immediate texture to these terrible events and shows the options available to Germany and its ruler at each point in the unfolding disaster. At the heart of the book lies Hitler's decision to unleash annihilatory war in the East and the terrifying new moral universe this brought into being: the degradation of enemies into "beasts" and the hatching of the "Final Solution". This is the story of a poisoned world and of a man who was both shaped by that world and - to a catastrophic degree - created it. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780713992298 20160528
Book — xxviii, 398 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
The first democratically elected leader of Russia--and the first ever to resign voluntarily--reviews his tumultuous years in office and the changes and challenges in his country.. Midnight Diaries is Boris Yeltsin's pithy, personal, and revealing account of the struggles and upheavals in Russia over the last several years, seen from the perspective of the man whose job it was to pull all the strings together. Growing out of a series of late-night conversations between Mr. Yeltsin and his chief of staff, the book addresses with astounding candor subjects including: the real impact of the coup of 1991; the process of decision-making about Chechnya; Yeltsin's relationships with world leaders including Bill Clinton, Helmut Kohl, Jacques Chirac, Zhao Zemin, and Tony Blair; the real story behind the string of prime ministers he hired and then dismissed; the Russian economy and allegations of corruption; his own health; and his decision to retire from the presidency. Vivid and direct in the style of Yeltsin himself, Midnight Diaries is an unprecedented look inside the tumultuous politics of a changing Russia. Its publication is an international publishing event. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781586480110 20160528