Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is the second volume in an extensive three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin by American historian and Princeton Professor of History Stephen Kotkin. Kotkin was a Pultizer Prize finalist for Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928. Stalin, in three volumes, tells the story of Russia’s power in the world and Stalin’s power in Russia, recast as the Soviet Union. Kotkin describes what motivated Stalin to make the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Hitler and the consequences of his decision. Buy, Nov 06, 2014 Stephen Kotkin. The story is one of continuing violence, terror, and depravity. Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928 Stephen Kotkin. | ISBN 9780698170100 Read More ›, Perhaps the most succinct definition of the scientific method is, To actively seek information that contradicts what one thinks. Buy. [A] magnificent biography. We are experiencing technical difficulties. It provides a brilliant account of Stalin’s formation as a political actor up to his fateful decision to collectivize agriculture by force. A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world   The product of a decade of intrepid research, Stalin is a landmark achievement. He had a notable impact on countless people. Carl changed the international image of Austria, forever. by Stephen King. Stalin is a formidably documented, densely detailed book of 739 pages that gets the reader from Stalin’s birth in 1878 up to 1928, just six years into his thirty-one-year tenure as general secretary of the Communist Party of Russia and then the Soviet Union. Listen to Stalin, Volume II by Stephen Kotkin,Paul Hecht with a free trial.\nListen to unlimited* audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Please try again later. He is Professor of History at Princeton University. Kotkin picks up the story with the consolidation of power by Stalin and the move into the 1930s. WAITING FOR HITLER 1928-1941, PENGUIN PRESS 2018 Suomi nousee keskeiseksi Stephen Kotkinin Stalin-elämäkerran toisessa osassa. Stalin, Volume III. A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his worldIt has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler’s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. When it is complete, it will surely become the standard work, and I heartily recommend it.”John Thornhill, Financial Times: “It is a measure of Kotkin’s powers of research and explanation that Stalin’s decisions can almost always be understood within the framework of his ideology and the context of his times…. Hugely impressive.”Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Guardian:“Unlike a number of Stalin studies, this is not an etiology of evil. Stalin Vol 2: Waiting for Hitler review: A flawed masterpiece Stephen Kotkin's biography of Stalin, of which this but the first of three volumes, is a most impressive achievement. ... he second volume of what will surely rank as one of the greatest historical achievements of our age . [Kotkin] is an engaging interlocutor with a sharp, irreverent wit… making the book a good read as well as an original and largely convincing interpretation of Stalin that should provoke lively arguments in the field.”. Check your home library website or social media sites for details about current services and offerings. The book’s signature achievement… is its vast scope: Kotkin has set out to write not only the definitive life of Stalin but also the definitive history of the collapse of the Russian empire and the creation of the new Soviet empire in its place.”Robert Gellately, Times Higher Education (London): “A brilliant portrait of a man of contradictions… In the vast literature on the Soviet Union, there is no study to rival Stephen Kotkin’s massive first instalment of a planned three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin. This reviewer, at least, is already impatient to read the next two volumes for their author’s mastery of detail and the swagger of his judgments.”David Johnson, Johnson’s Russia List: “Required reading for serious Russia-watchers… As the product of years of work and careful thought, it is for me a reminder of what it takes to get close to the truth about important and controversial subjects. . Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. But let’s be honest: if someone has a hunch, chances are he or she is going to look for confirmation – and find it. Only Tolstoy might have matched it.”William Taubman, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Amherst College; author of Khrushchev: The Man and his Era, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Biography“Stalin has had more than his fair share of biographies. Magisterial.”Donald Rayfield, Literary Review: “Masterful… No other work on Stalin incorporates so well the preliminary information needed by the general reader, yet challenges so thoroughly the specialist’s preconceptions. Stephen Kotkin, Alla Sevast’ianova (St. Petersburg: Notabene, 2000) John Scott, Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel , enlarged edition prepared by Stephen Kotkin (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989); translated into “We owe you a lot.” Read More ›, On March 3 in Moscow, the wake and burial took place of Boris Nemtsov, the slain former first deputy prime minister of Russia. An exhilarating ride.”Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic: “An exceptionally ambitious biography… Kotkin builds the case for quite a different interpretation of Stalin—and for quite a few other things, too. As the original audiobook company, with a proven track record of the highest-quality productions and narrators, we know what it takes to make a … Only Mr. Kotkin’s book approaches the highest standard of scholarly rigor and general-interest readability.”New Statesman (UK): “[Kotkin’s] viewpoint is godlike: all the world falls within his purview. It’s biography on an epic scale. The character of Stalin emerges as both astute and blinkered, cynical and true believing, people oriented and vicious, canny enough to see through people but prone to nonsensical beliefs. By attempting to do to Stalin what Deutscher did to Trotsky, Kotkin begins by familiarising the reader with the last decades of Tasrist Russia: the world into which the figure of Stalin will emerge to assert himself. He is currently the John P. Birkelund '52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he is also Co-Director of the Program in History and the Practice of Diplomacy and the Director of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. Many of our member libraries are currently adjusting their services to the public. We see a man inclined to despotism who could be utterly charming, a pragmatic ideologue, a leader who obsessed over slights yet was a precocious geostrategic thinker—unique among Bolsheviks—and yet who made egregious strategic blunders. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The media group RBK assembled an astonishing photo album of the solemn tribute (text and captions in Russian). Stephen Kotkin has a fair claim to be considered as the greatest living expert on Stalin. He is also a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. By clicking Sign Up, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. For me, as I suspect for many Russia watchers, clicking through felt like time transporting. This is a magisterial work on the grandest scale.”Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution:“More than any of Stalin’s previous biographers, Stephen Kotkin humanizes one of the great monsters of history, thereby making the monstrosity more comprehensible than it has been before. Headquartered in Prince Frederick, MD, Recorded Books was founded in 1979 as an alternative to traditional radio programming. Kotkin’s first volume of a projected 3 on Stalin is 700+ pages documenting the sculpting of an immense dictator. His research, narrative and arguments are as convincing as they are exhaustive. Jennifer Siegel, The New York Times Book Review“A masterly account… Kotkin offers the sweeping context so often missing from all but the best biographies… Stalin is a complex work… but it presents a riveting tale, one written with pace and aplomb. Professori Stephen Kotkin puhui viime elokuussa kansainvälisessä kokouksessa Aspenissa Yhdysvalloissa. The story emanates from Stalin’s office but not from his point of view. Stalin, Volume I. by Stephen Kotkin. He tries to look at him at various stages of his career without the benefit of too much hindsight…. The Branch and the S... by Loren D. Estleman. This first volume leaves the reader longing for the story still to come.”Richard Pipes, The New York Review of Books:“This is a very serious biography that… is likely to well stand the test of time.” The Wall Street Journal:“Superb . Millions will die, and many more millions will suffer, but the man will push through to the end against all resistance and doubts.Where did such power come from? 909, £ In the 1990s, the Weimar analogy, in relation to Russia, was ubiquitous. by Stephen Kotkin. Kotkin’s Stalin is shrewd and crafty, but sometimes too crafty for his own good. With a ferocious determination worthy of his subject, the author debunks many of the myths to have encrusted themselves around Stalin…. Inescapably important reading.”John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University; author of George F. Kennan: A Life, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography:“In its size, sweep, sensitivity, and surprises, Stephen Kotkin’s first volume on Stalin is a monumental achievement: the early life of a man we thought we knew, set against the world—no less—that he inhabited. Many of our member libraries are currently adjusting their services to the public. Stephen Kotkin offers a biography that, at long last, is equal to this shrewd, sociopathic, charismatic dictator in all his dimensions. . Sign up for news about books, authors, and more from Penguin Random House, Visit other sites in the Penguin Random House Network. In short, the evil emerged when Stalin was in his 40s. by Stephen Dando-Collins. This was wrong, as I argued at the time – but now? 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