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Stalin: Breaker Of Nations
Stalin: Breaker Of Nations
By Robert Conquest
Viking, 1991, 346 pp

A graceful, evocative and compact biography, written by a long-time student of this man and his heroic, sad, too often awful times. Neither in explaining Stalin nor in probing the "ism" to which he gave rise does the book break fundamentally new ground. But it does incorporate new material from recent years into what is the most readable and accessible portrait available of a figure who still haunts his tortured land.