Simon Sebag Montefiore's STALIN received rave reviews, sold over 40,000 copies in hardback and 150,000 in paperback in the UK Based on hitherto unavailable souce materials in Russia 'Excellent. No one has gathered more material on Stalin's mysterious early life than Montefiore - a powerful read.' ROBERT SERVICE, Professor of Russian History, Oxford University 'YOUNG STALIN is exhilarating. Often first-hand sources, handled with a deft combination of scepticism and selectivity.' Robert Conquest, author of THE GREAT TERROR
Simon Sebag Montefiore's books are international bestsellers and published in 27 languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN (previously PRINCE OF PRINCES) was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. STALIN won the History Book of the Year Prize at the 2004 British Book Awards. Montefiore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, novelist, and television presenter, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore and their two children.He is now writing JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY, a fresh history of the Middle East.Previous titles:Enigma (Bfmt Jan 05);Stalin;Prince of Princes;My Affair With Stalin
We know him as Stalin, or Josef Stalin, but before he settled on this alias he had at least a dozen others, including Koba and Soso. His youthful friends were responsible for most of his monikers, which were sometimes taken of necessity to escape from the Okhrana (secret police) and the local police. No book published in the last 100 years goes into as much detail about the youthful Stalin as Montefiore's does. Unlike Sarah Davies and James Harris's Stalin: A New History, which has a 25-page chapter covering Stalin's youth, Montefiore (Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar) uses many newly available archival records from Stalin's peers to greatly amplify information on the man's early years and his growing attachment to the revolutionary movement. Stalin's early experiences shaped his paranoia for the rest of his life, and his revolutionary experiences reinforced it. Montefiore says, "The machine of repression, the flinthearted, paranoid psychology of perpetual conspiracy and the taste for extreme bloody solutions to all challenges were not just accidents, but glamorized and institutionalized. He was patron of these brutal tendencies but also their personification." Montefiore goes on to refute the notion that Stalin was a double agent of the Okhrana and that he "missed the revolution," ideas that his detractors formulated from flimsy evidence. This accessible book is highly recommended for academic and public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/07.]-Harry Willems, Park City P.L., KS Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
a gripping read.....the book provides a wealth of serious and scurrilous detail, creating a memorable portrait of one of the 20th century's greatest monsters. - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH - Antony Beevoran outstanding book..... a triumph of research and storytelling. - THE EVENING STANDARD - Victor Sebestyen'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 - THE OBSERVER - Peter Conradit is hard to imagine how this account can be improved on. Moreover, the narrative flows with insight and humour: YOUNG STALIN is a prequel that outshines even the COURT OF THE RED TSAR. - LITERARY REVIEW - Donald RayfieldThis picture of Stalin as a young poet is one of the revelations of Simon Sebag Montefiore's macabrely fascinating Young Stalin - THE MAIL ON SUNDAY - Antonia FraserSimon Sebag Montefiore's thrilling portrait of Stalin's youth. - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Michael Burleigh'on one level, this book does the important work of helping one understand exactly how the phenomena of Stalin and Stalinism came into existence: on another it?s also a very good story, very well told? - WATERSTONE'S BOOK QUARTERLY - Paul FishmannThe aim of any book is to inform, entertain, and be readable, and this book does so admirably, and frequently with a sense of h