This is a mesmerising, chilling close-up portrayal of Stalin from
Milovan Djilas, a Communist insider - with an introduction from
Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag and Iron Curtain. This
extraordinarily vivid and unnerving book three meetings held with
Stalin during and after the Second World War. Djilas brilliantly
describes the dictator in his lair - cunning, cruel, enormously
talented. Few books give as clear a sense of what made Stalin such
a compelling figure and how he was able to hypnotise and terrify
those around him. Djilas also describes the key members of Stalin's
court: Beria, Malenkov, Zhukov, Molotov and Khruschchev. The result
is a gripping account of the ruler at the height of his fame and
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