This book does much more than simply telling you a vivid (and astonishingly true) story of how Stalin, his relatives and immediate surroundings operated in one of the most lethal periods in Russian history. It exposes the way the Soviet brass thought, behaved and treated each other. The book depicts the way the whole Soviet system treated average people. The author doesn’t say it but having read the book, you’d understand why Soviet communism (and nowadays Russia) had never had and will never have a chance in competition with the West, simply because of the fundamentally different ways the two systems of profound values. This was my sobering discovery.
It was really interesting to get to know that this mass murder machine wasn’t maintained by only one person (Stalin). By reading the book you will get familiar with other people, such as Molotov (Minister of Foreign Affairs), Beria (Chief of the Soviet security and secret police) and dozens of others including his family members who lived in one suburb. The only person which was presented as an innocent was Stalin’s daughter.
Ohhhhh and one more thing, it’s an 800-page brick, but definitely worth reading!
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Size: 848 pages
Other information and reviews of this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/282108.Stalin
Other useful links:
Simon Sebag Montefiore’s website: http://www.simonsebagmontefiore.com
Simon Sebag Montefiore on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Sebag_Montefiore
Joseph Stalin on Wikipedia: https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3zef_Stalin
Other book about our history and geopolitics: The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker and World Order by Henry Kissinger