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Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953

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Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore

His new book is Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar. It's a biography of the former Soviet leader. Stalin was often described as an enigma. This exhaustive account of his life seeks to banish the mystery. Montefiore has traveled extensively through the former Soviet Union, and has written for many publications, including The New York Times and The Spectator.


The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Siberia

Journalist Frederick Kempe is a foreign correspondent and Berlin Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal. He spent five weeks traveling thru Sibera and has written an account of it in, "Siberian Odyssey." In many areas, Kempe was the first American there. He visited a nomadic tribe of reindeer herders, a former Gulag site, and the site of a Stalinist mass grave, talking to survivors of the former, and children of victims from the later. Kempe made the trip shortly before the August 1991 coup that ushered out the Communist Party.


Filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky.

Russian filmmaker and Soviet emigre Andrei Konchalovsky (kahn-sha-LAHV-sky) has just completed "The Inner Circle." It is the first major motion picture out of Hollywood filmed inside the Kremlin and the KGB. Konchalovsky was a filmmaker in the Soviet Union for many years, where about 40 of his movies had been banned, before he left for America. Konchalovsky's other films include "Runaway Train" and "Tango & Cash."


Krushchev's Son on His Father's Life

Historian William Taubman edited and translated a biography of the last years of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, as told by Nikita's son, Sergei. The book, titled Khrushchev on Khrushchev, gives new insights into the elder Khrushchev's fall from power after repudiating Stalinism, and his final days as a virtual pariah in the Soviet Union.


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