This account of Stalin's life begins with his early years, the family breakup caused by the suspicion that the boy was the result of an adulterous affair, the abuse by his father and the growth of the traumatized boy into criminal, spy, and finally one of the 20th century's political monsters.
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Hisrorian Roman Brackman was born and grew in Moscow. As a 19 year old student was arrested in 1950 for an attempt to escape from USSR across the Turkish border and anti-Soviet agitation. Release in 1955 and left Russia in 1959. Lives in the United States. Received Ph. D. degree from New York University. For many years gathered information to tell the truth about Salin's life and crimes.Review:
'Brackman has done a vaulable service in piecing together the fragmentary information about Stalins record from the published sources ... interesting book.' - Times Literary Supplement
'There is much in The Secret File of Joseph Stalin that challenges conventional interpretation of Stalins dictatorship ... his claim that Stalin had been an Okhrana agent also deserves to be taken seriously.' - Christopher Andrews, The Sunday Times
'This is an engaging and provocative psychological study of Stalin. The book has a good index and biliography and is recommended to the general public.' - Choice
'Poor Stalin: he murdered, poisoned and tortured tens of thousands of Bolsheviks in order to keep his secrets, and yet Roman Brackman is able to disclose and prove them all ... Brackmans extensive, systematic research into Stalin's crime presents us with a well-written history of events leading to the 1917 Communist Revolution and the subsequent developments.'
- The Jerusalem Post
'This book is an important contribution to the historical record.' - The Russian Review
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