Stalin: The Court of The Red Tsar [Audiobook]
Simon Sebag Montefiore, Jonathan Aris (Narrator), "Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar"
English | ASIN: B07VV6XVZC | 2019 | [email protected] kbps | ~27:50:00 | 781 MB
Fifty years after his death, Stalin remains a figure of powerful and dark fascination. The almost unfathomable scale of his crimes – as many as 20 million Soviets died in his purges and infamous Gulag – has given him the lasting distinction as a personification of evil in the 20th century. But though the facts of Stalin’s reign are well known, this remarkable biography reveals a Stalin we have never seen before as it illuminates the vast foundation – human, psychological and physical – that supported and encouraged him, the men and women who did his bidding, lived in fear of him and, more often than not, were betrayed by him.
In a seamless meshing of exhaustive research, brilliant synthesis and narrative élan, Simon Sebag Montefiore chronicles the life and lives of Stalin’s court from the time of his acclamation as "leader" in 1929, five years after Lenin’s death, until his own death in 1953 at the age of 73. Through the lens of personality – Stalin’s as well as those of his most notorious henchmen, Molotov, Beria and Yezhov among them – the author sheds new light on the oligarchy that attempted to create a new world by exterminating the old. He gives us the details of their quotidian and monstrous lives: Stalin’s favorites in music, movies, literature (Hemingway, The Forsyte Saga and The Last of the Mohicans were at the top of his list), food and history (he took Ivan the Terrible as his role model and swore by Lenin’s dictum "a revolution without firing squads is meaningless"). We see him among his courtiers, his informal but deadly game of power played out at dinners and parties at Black Sea villas and in the apartments of the Kremlin. We see the debauchery, paranoia, and cravenness that ruled the lives of Stalin’s inner court, and we see how the dictator played them one against the other in order to hone the awful efficiency of his killing machine.