The Last Days of Stalin

  • by Joshua Rubenstein
  • Narrated by Arthur Morey
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A scholarly, absorbing narrative of Stalin's last days and the turbulent wake of his dictatorship.
Joshua Rubenstein's riveting account takes us back to the second half of 1952, when no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin's murderous regime. He was poised to challenge the newly elected US president, Dwight Eisenhower, with armed force and was also broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Stalin's sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life. It is no overstatement to say that his passing marked a major turning point in the 20th century.
The Last Days of Stalin is an engaging, briskly told account of the dictator's final active months, the vigil at his deathbed, and the unfolding of Soviet and international events in the months after his death. Rubenstein throws fresh light on the devious plotting of Beria, Malenkov, Khrushchev, and other "comrades-in-arms" who well understood the significance of the dictator's impending death; the witness-documented events of his death as compared to official published versions; Stalin's rumored plans to forcibly exile Soviet Jews; the responses of Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles to the Kremlin's conciliatory gestures after Stalin's death; and the momentous repercussions when Stalin's regime of terror was cut short.

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Most Helpful

Extremely interesting

If you could sum up The Last Days of Stalin in three words, what would they be?

Very interesting and easy to listen to. I love it.


What did you like best about this story?

Additional information; research is obviously well done.


Have you listened to any of Arthur Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did not expect to.


Any additional comments?

I will look for more recordings by Morey and books by Rubenstein.

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- L. Abraham "Sandhill Garden"

An excellent overview of the final days of Stalin.

If you could sum up The Last Days of Stalin in three words, what would they be?

Detailed, excellent, well.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Everyone, even Stalin himself.


What didn’t you like about Arthur Morey’s performance?

It only seems to be narration, no accents, nothing that interested me.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.


Any additional comments?

A must-have for fans of the USSR's history.

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- brian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.