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The remarkable untold story of the men and women who sustained Stalin in power in the Soviet Union for nearly 30 years - a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.

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Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy. His books are published in over 40 languages.Catherine the Great and Potemkin was shortlisted for the SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE, BRITISH BOOK AWARDS. Young Stalin won the COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD (UK), the LA TIME BOOK PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY (USA), LE GRAND PRIX DE LA BIOGRAPHIE POLITIQUE (France) and the KREISKY PRIZE FOR POLITICAL LITERATURE (Austria). Jerusalem: The Biography won the JEWISH BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE (USA). He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, Sashenka and One Night in Winter. Dr Montefiore's next major history book will be The Romanovs: Rise and Fall, 1613-1917. He has presented BBC television series on the Holy Cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. Visit his website at https://www.simonsebagmontefiore.com, like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Sebag-Montefiore or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/simonmontefiore


One of the two outstanding books of the year ... the most civilised and elegant chronicle of brutality and ruthlessness I have ever read, its prose cool and clear but never indifferent - Daily TelegraphHorrific, revelatory and sobering ... triumph of research and should be required reading in Russia. Book of the Year - ObserverThis grim masterpiece, shot through with lashes of black humour ... The personal details are riveting - Mail on SundayFascinating ... [Montefiore] concentrates, as any good historian should, on pushing forward the boundaries of our knowledge of the subject ... [He] provides rich detail of daily life and family relationships in a world of human values turned inside out ... scrupulously fair in the way he describes Stalin's qualities - including his ability to charm, his uncanny grasp of geopolitical issues, his brilliant handling of foreign statesmen and his genuine passion for literature - Sunday Times

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