Stalin: The Man and His Era

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Josef Stalin, writes historian Adam B. Ulam in his now-classic biography, was the consummate outsider, a man who spoke Russian with a Georgian accent all his life yet still proclaimed himself to be the supreme father of the Russian people. Often pictured as a semiliterate boor, Stalin was in fact an intellectual, and he destroyed the intellectual class to which he belonged "as thoroughly as any class in history had ever been destroyed." Ulam's account of the 20th century's Genghis Khan is an absorbing study of power won and terrifyingly applied.

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Adam Ulam, 1922-2000, was one of the foremost authorities on the Soviet Union. He was Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, former Director of the Russian Research Center and Gurney Professor of History and Political Science. He wrote 18 books, many of which remain classics in the field, and won several awards for his research, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1956, Rockefeller Fellowships in 1957 and 1960, and a lifetime distinguished achievement award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies in 1987. He also received an honorary doctorate from Brown University in 1983. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Philosophical Society.

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