Joseph Stalin was one of bloodiest dictators in world history and one of the most significant people of the 20th Century. He was the absolute ruler of the Soviet Union and the Communist Bloc of Eastern Europe. He killed millions of his own citizens and was its wartime leader during World War II. Despite his atrocities, Great Britain and the United States were compelled to work with Stalin against Germany.
These books cover a range of topics associated with Stalin. While some of these books could qualify as biographies, others focus on his policies and the consequences of his actions. These books provide a nuanced view of him and his impact on the world.
Stephen Kotkin. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 (New York, Penguin, 2018)
This Pulitzer Prize-finalist Stephen Kotkin second volume of his definitive biography of Joseph Stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror to the conflict with Hitler’s Germany that is the signal event of modern world history. This book covers the history of the world during the build-up to its most fateful hour, from the vantage point of Stalin’s seat of power.