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 U.S.
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 twentieth 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
devious plotting of Beria, Malenkov, Khrushchev, and other “comrades in
arms” who well understood the significance of the dictator’s impending
- 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.
Boktitel: The Last Days of Stalin
Författare: Joshua Rubenstein
is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies,
Harvard University. He was an organizer and regional director for
Amnesty International USA for thirty-seven years. His previous books
include the National Jewish Book Award-winner Stalin’s Secret Pogrom, published by Yale University Press. He lives in Brookline, MA.
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