Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel

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An account of the life of the man who shaped the Soviet Union, from pre-revolutionary Russia to its evolution as a superpower and the descent of the "Iron Curtain."

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Albert Marrin is a professor of history who, in more than twenty juvenile nonfiction books, has attempted to make the past accessible to young readers. In award-winning books such as 1812: The War Nobody Won, Cowboys, Indians, and Gunfighters: The Story of the Cattle Kingdom, and "Unconditional Surrender": U. S. Grant and the Civil War, he has created a tapestry of United States history by focusing on dramatic moments and famous personalities. With biographies of leaders and tyrants from Napoleon to Hitler, Marrin has also interpreted the events of a larger world stage for juvenile readers. Additionally, his several books on the First and Second World Wars provide well-organized introductions to many aspects of those struggles. Chairman of the history department at New York's Yeshiva University, Marrin's books for young readers complement his academic duties and writings. One of his earliest such books, Victory in the Pacific, is indicative of Marrin's thorough, no-nonsense approach to history. Albert Marrin from Authors and Artists for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved. Dr. Albert Marrin is a master at weaving personal perspective and historical material smoothly to give readers an interesting and reliable account of the subject. He has written over two dozen award-winning nonfiction books for young people which have been called "addictive reading" by The Horn Book. This is a wonderful clue to the type of author Marrin is. We at BFB respect his work and are so pleased to be publishing several of his titles. Three of his books, including Hitler and Stalin: Russia's Man of Steel, were School Library Journal Best Books of the Year.

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Grade 7-10 This excellent biography of Stalin follows the same pattern as Marrin's outstanding Hitler (Viking, 1987). He chronicles Stalin's early life and then turns to the history of the USSR and the influence Stalin had on it, emphasizing that Stalin was the USSR during his long regime. Marrin provides exceptional historical background, explaining how czarist Russia was ready for revolution and how the communists were able to seize power. He spends some time on Lenin and the communist consolidation of power, but most of the book is about the will of Stalin and how he imposed that will on the revolution and the entire country. His manipulations and purges are described in detail, as is his struggle with Hitler and Germany. Throughout the book, Marrin does a superb job of conveying the sheer horror of Stalin's totalitarian regime, describing for readers how one man can be the cause of millions of deaths and enormous suffering. He uses quotations, primary sources, statistics, and excellent writing to make a difficult subject understandable and interesting for intermediate readers. As the USSR enters the age of glasnost, this title is very timely and fills a need for material for this age group. It is better than Joseph Stalin (Watts, 1969; o.p.) by Liversidge and completely replaces older titles such as Appel's The Age of Dictators (Crown, 1968; o.p.). Stalin is an outstanding biography. It deserves a place in all libraries serving intermediate and young adult readers. Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, Mo.
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