The Rise and Fall of Stalin


By Robert Payne, Published in 1968



This is the story of modern history’s most treacherous and terrifying dictator.

Stalin was a man of many facets: he studied for the priesthood, he was a romantic poet, a bank-robber, an assassin, a revolutionary, a ruthless leader, and, for a time, one of the two most powerful men in the world.

But after he took power he was also one of the bloodiest and cruellest leaders in all history.

He cracked an iron whip over Russia and Eastern Europe as millions fell to his purges.

His bizarre, sinister life was matched only by his strange death in 1953 and his subsequent fall and condemnation by his successors.

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