Stalin's Curse

Stalin's Curse

Battling for Communism in War and Cold War

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A chilling, riveting account based on newly released Russian documentation that reveals Joseph Stalin's true motives--and the extent of his enduring commitment to expanding the Soviet empire--during the years in which he seemingly collaborated with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and the capitalist West.
           
At the Big Three conferences of World War II, Stalin persuasively played the role of a great world leader. Even astute observers like George F. Kennan concluded that the United States and Great Britain should view Stalin as a modern-day tsarist-like figure whose primary concerns lay in international strategy and power politics, not in ideology. Now Robert Gellately uses recently uncovered documents to make clear that, in fact, the dictator was an unwavering revolutionary merely biding his time, determined as ever to establish Communist regimes across Europe and beyond, and that his actions during these years (and the poorly calculated Western responses) set in motion what would eventually become the Cold War. Gellately takes us behind the scenes. We see the dictator disguising his political ambitions and prioritizing the future of Communism, even as he pursued the war against Hitler. Along the way, the ascetic dictator's Machiavellian moves and bouts of irrationality kept the Western leaders on their toes, in a world that became more dangerous and divided year by year.              

Exciting, deeply engaging, and shrewdly perceptive, Stalin's Curse is an unprecedented revelation of the sinister machinations of the Soviet dictator.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307269157
Branch Call Number: 947.0842 GELLATELY
Characteristics: 477 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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SEBoiko
Dec 20, 2013

Praise to God! Satan has croaked!

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SEBoiko
Dec 20, 2013

while the self-proclaimed master might lay down ideological-political dogma from Moscow, enforcing it was a delicate matter.

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SEBoiko
Dec 20, 2013

The Soviet leadership approached international relations as a zero-sum game.

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SEBoiko
Dec 20, 2013

For him it was a question not just of winning the war but also of out doing the Western Allies in winning the peace.

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SEBoiko
Dec 20, 2013

What came to be called the Great Terror did not begin with a single order from Stalin.

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mudbone
Apr 21, 2013

Anne Applebaum won a Pulitzer recently for the Iron Curtain her book on about the same era and she makes this book seem like Stalin light.
Stalin's curse is psychological history light and is written in a decent attempt to reach the public despite its footnotes and bibliography/.
History has a huge market but perhaps historians should aim for the truth and not a niche. Conservative history, liberal history.
This book does not satisfy. Read Kennan on the same era.

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