On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics

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Sheila Fitzpatrick, "On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics"
2015 | ISBN-10: 0691145334 | 384 pages | EPUB | 3 MB

Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding him as mere yes-men & political window dressing. On Stalin's Team overturns this view, revealing that behind Stalin was a group of loyal men who formed a remarkably effective team with him from the late 1920s until his death in 1953.

Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of this inner circle & their families, vividly describing how these dedicated comrades-in-arms not only worked closely with Stalin, whom they both feared & admired, but also constituted his social circle. Readers meet the wily security chief Beria, whom the rest of the team quickly had executed following Stalin's death; Stalin's number-two man, Molotov, who continued on the team even after his wife was arrested & exiled; the charismatic Ordzhonikidze, who ran the country's industry with entrepreneurial flair; &reev, who traveled to provincial purges while listening to Beethoven on a portable gramophone; & Khrushchev, who finally disb&ed the team four years after Stalin's death. Among the book's surprising findings are that Stalin almost always worked with the team on important issues & that after his death the team managed a brilliant transition to a reforming collective leadership.

Taking readers from the cataclysms of the Great Purges & World War II to the paranoia of Stalin's final years, On Stalin's Team paints an entirely new picture of Stalin within his milieu--one that transforms our underst&ing of how the Soviet Union was ruled during much of its existence.
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