The Court of the Red Tsar

Book - 2004
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The remarkable untold story of the men and women who sustained Stalin in power in the Soviet Union for nearly 30 years - a Sunday Times bestseller.

Publisher: London : Orion Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780753817667
Characteristics: xxxii, 720 p. , [32] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: The court of the red tsar


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morrisonist Apr 27, 2016

The Stalin Epigram

Osip Mandelstam, 1891 - 1938

Our lives no longer feel ground under them.
At ten paces you can’t hear our words.

But whenever there’s a snatch of talk
it turns to the Kremlin mountaineer,

the ten thick worms his fingers,
his words like measures of weight,

the huge laughing cockroaches on his top lip,
the glitter of his boot-rims.

Ringed with a scum of chicken-necked bosses
he toys with the tributes of half-men.

One whistles, another meows, a third snivels.
He pokes out his finger and he alone goes boom.

He forges decrees in a line like horseshoes,
One for the groin, one the forehead, temple, eye.

Illya1 Jun 24, 2013

The most extraordinary story ever told by the author who thoroughly researched the times of Stalin. The book covered all the worst abused by the regime and in-depth explained what happened in detail the suffering of all the people under Stalin. Anyone who is interested in Russian/Soviet history should read that book and be amazed by the tragedy of the period. Comment by Illya Osherov.

Oct 24, 2009

Once I had read his 'YOUNG STALIN" I had to read the rest of his life. This is a detailed plunge into his life from 1926 until his death, and is very revealing.
A good read- perhaps a bit overlong in places- but a very good read into the mind of a dictator and his monsters.
This is well read alongside "STALIN AND HIS HANGMEN" to complete a picture.

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