On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics

On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics


Stalin was once the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for therefore lengthy that the majority historians have disregarded the officers surrounding him as mere yes-men and political window dressing. On Stalin's Team overturns this view, revealing that in the back of Stalin used to be a bunch of dependable males who shaped a remarkably potent crew with him from the overdue Nineteen Twenties until eventually his dying in 1953.

Drawing on vast unique learn, Sheila Fitzpatrick presents the 1st in-depth account of this internal circle and their households, vividly describing how those devoted comrades-in-arms not just labored heavily with Stalin, whom they either feared and well-known, but in addition constituted his social circle. Readers meet the wily safeguard leader Beria, whom the remainder of the group speedy had accomplished following Stalin's loss of life; Stalin's number-two guy, Molotov, who persevered at the staff even after his spouse used to be arrested and exiled; the charismatic Ordzhonikidze, who ran the country's with entrepreneurial aptitude; Andreev, who traveled to provincial purges whereas hearing Beethoven on a transportable gramophone; and Khrushchev, who eventually disbanded the group 4 years after Stalin's dying. one of the book's impressive findings are that Stalin quite often labored with the crew on very important matters and that when his demise the workforce controlled an excellent transition to a reforming collective leadership.

Taking readers from the cataclysms of the good Purges and international conflict II to the paranoia of Stalin's ultimate years, On Stalin's Team paints a completely new photograph of Stalin inside his milieu--one that transforms our knowing of the way the Soviet Union was once governed in the course of a lot of its existence.

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