Young Stalin (Paperback)
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Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 01/05/2008
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Winner of the Costa Biography Award

'Magnificent ... Young Stalin is a masterpiece of detail. Sebag Montefiore has unearthed documents long lost in Georgian archives... and produced a vivid psychological portrait of this dangerous, alluring, enigmatic man ... ' - Michael Binyon, The Times 

What makes a Stalin? Was he a Tsarist agent or Lenin's bandit? Was he to blame for his wife's death? When did the killing start?

Based on revelatory research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic cobbler's son became a student priest, romantic poet, prolific lover, gangster mastermind and murderous revolutionary.

Culminating in the 1917 revolution, Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling biography radically alters our understanding of the gifted politician and fanatical Marxist who shaped the Soviet empire in his own brutal image. This is the story of how Stalin became Stalin.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753823798
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 196 x 133 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Montefiore gives us a richly and fluently documented study of the chief terrorist in the making. His chapters have an anecdotal exuberance and factual novelty. It is an impressive work of examination' - Robert Service, The Sunday Times 

'A gripping read... Simon Sebag Montefiore's research ... is brilliant. The book provides a wealth of serious and scurrilous detail, creating a memorable portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest monsters' - Antony Beevor, The Daily Telegraph 

'Simon Sebag Montefiore's thrilling portrait of Stalin's youth ... A remarkable book ... Montefiore gives a brilliant account of the 1907 Tiflis heist ... the resulting scenes of mayhem were worthy of the De Niro and Pacino film Heat' - Michael Burleigh, The Sunday Telegraph 

'Montefiore brings Stalin to life' - Vince Cable, The Daily Express

'Should the life of a black-hearted ogre, a mass murderer ... be quite so entertaining? The story Montefiore has told requires the psychological penetration and social omniscience of a great novelist. Dickens once or twice peeps over the biographer's shoulder ... A racy, vivid biopic' - Peter Conrad, The Observer 

'This picture of Stalin as a poet is one of the revelations of Simon Sebag Montefiore's macabrely fascinating Young Stalin ... Stalin's life [is] worthy of Dumas ... Brilliantly drawn' - Antonia Fraser, The Mail on Sunday 

'Magnificent ... Young Stalin is a masterpiece of detail. Sebag Montefiore has unearthed documents long lost in Georgian archives, found the descendants of Soso's friends and produced a vivid psychological portrait of this dangerous, alluring, enigmatic man ... This book moves with pace and authority' - Michael Binyon, The Times 

'An outstanding book, full of surprises. A rich and complex figure emerges from the new material Sebag Montefiore has unearthed in archives ... This book is a triumph of research and storytelling' - Victor Sebestyen, The Evening Standard 

'On practically every page of Young Stalin, there is a reason to smile with satisfaction at the thrust of revelation, and often a reason to gasp or even to chuckle. As quasi-academic populist biography goes ... this is as good as it gets' - Christopher Silvester, Independent on Sunday 

'Familiar material is transformed with fresh depth and detail. While magnificently entertaining, it reveals the complexity of historical conditions that forge revolutions and their leaders' - Carol Rumens, Independent 

'A gripping and convincing account of the web-toed monster from his earliest years' - Jonathan Mirsky, Spectator

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“Young Stalin”

It was with great expectation that I picked up this much-vaunted and multi-awarded biography. The book is packed with detail and is clearly a work of great scholarship, using many previously un-published documents... More

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“Young Stalin”

Simon Sebag Montefiore's previous book, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, was an excellent account of the vast powerbase that sustained Stalin during his time in power although it was unable to provide a... More

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“I love this, it's great!”

I really liked this book, especially references to his friends and family. I enjoy reading about Stalin and the detail in the book is amazing.

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