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The Last Days of Stalin

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joshua Rubenstein

Narrated By: Arthur Morey

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: May 2016

Duration: 8 hours 47 minutes

Summary:

A scholarly, absorbing narrative of Stalin’s last days and the turbulent wake of his dictatorship.

Joshua Rubenstein’s riveting account takes us back to the second half of 1952, when no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin’s murderous regime. He was poised to challenge the newly elected US president Dwight Eisenhower with armed force and was also broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Stalin’s sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life. It is no overstatement to say that his passing marked a major turning point in the twentieth century.

The Last Days of Stalin is an engaging, briskly told account of the dictator’s final active months, the vigil at his deathbed, and the unfolding of Soviet and international events in the months after his death. Rubenstein throws fresh light on the devious plotting of Beria, Malenkov, Khrushchev, and other “comrades-in-arms” who well understood the significance of the dictator’s impending death; the witness-documented events of his death as compared to official published versions; Stalin’s rumored plans to forcibly exile Soviet Jews; the responses of Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles to the Kremlin’s conciliatory gestures after Stalin’s death; and the momentous repercussions when Stalin’s regime of terror was cut short.

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  • Christian Verkroost

    I thought the title a little misleading as the book didn't really focus on Stalin's last days. An informative telling of the last part of his time in charge and the initial period after he died. Good info worth checking out

  • Larry Durbin

    Quite a bit of information I had never heard of before. I did not know Stalin launched an anti-jewish campaign, did not know how they got rid of Beria. Lots of facts, a little slow, great research work.