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The Young Stalin
by Tony Medley
What do you know about old
Joe Stalin? That he killed 25 million kulaks? Had a moustache? Fat? Bad
guy who took over when Lenin suddenly died fairly young? Opportunist?
Well, maybe all these
things are true, but Sebag Monefiore has written one of the best
researched books Iíve read that captures the early part of Stalinís life
and pictures someone much more formidable that I had thought.
ďThe Young StalinĒ is
exhaustively footnoted. He has authority for virtually everything he
reveals. Stalin was born in 1879 of a cobbler and his wife. His father
was a falling down drunk, illiterate, and fought to keep his son, Sosa,
illiterate. Stalinís mother fought equally hard to teach him to read,
eventually getting him into an upscale seminary, where he became an avid
reader and a confirmed atheist. Stalin was there for at least five
He became a committed
Marxist and basically never held down a real job. He was thin, extremely
unlikable, a bull in a china shop, but brutal and, clearly, a leader. He
devoted his life to the Revolution. He dressed slovenly. He had
innumerable lovers, one only 13 years old whom he met in exile, and
fathered several illegitimate children, two by the girl he started
sleeping with when she was 13-years old. He was arrested and exiled
several times, but life wasnít like life in his Gulags. When one was
sent to Siberia by the Tsar, they lived as lodgers in homes and were
barely supervised. They could roam freely. Not only that, he was a poet
and a writer. He edited Pravda and other newspapers. In fact he had the
sole responsibility for getting the papers published. Lenin held him in
The story of the actual
takeover of Russia was accomplished by so few it boggles the mind. In
fact, itís almost something out of a Marx Brothers movie. Many know that
Lenin was in Switzerland when the Tsar abdicated. He came back, was in
hiding, and when he went out had to dress in disguise until after they
seized control. There was no great Red Army upon whose back they rode to
victory. It was just Stalin and a few of his comrades who took over the
government by sneaking into a building and upstaging the people who had
control. Kerensky, the only man who could have stopped it, is pictured
as a drug addict.
The only downsides are that
itís almost impossible to keep all the Russian names straight, so you
really donít know to whom Montefiore is referring. Another problem is
that Stalin had something like 35-30 aliases during his lifetime.
Sometimes in the same paragraph Montefiore refers to him by three
different names. Very confusing.
Despite those small
shortcomings, this is a fascinating book that reads like a novel. I
couldnít put it down.
January 31, 2008