Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar

Author(s): Simon Sebag Montefiore


Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize This thrilling biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader and Russian tsar. Based on groundbreaking research, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals in captivating detail the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written with extraordinary narrative verve, this magnificent feat of scholarly research has become a classic of modern history writing. Showing how Stalin's triumphs and crimes were the product of his fanatical Marxism and his gifted but flawed character, this is an intimate portrait of a man as complicated and human as he was brutal and chilling.


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The remarkable untold story of the men and women who sustained Stalin in power in the Soviet Union for nearly 30 years - a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.

Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he received his Doctorate of Philosophy. His books are published in over 40 languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN was shortlisted for the SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE. STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE, BRITISH BOOK AWARDS. YOUNG STALIN won the COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD (UK), the LA TIME BOOK PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY (USA), LE GRAND PRIX DE LA BIOGRAPHIE POLITIQUE (France) and the KREISKY PRIZE FOR POLITICAL LITERATURE (Austria). JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY won the JEWISH BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE (USA). He is also the author of two acclaimed novels, SASHENKA and ONE NIGHT IN WINTER. Dr Montefiore's next major history book will be THE ROMANOVS: RISE AND FALL, 1613-1917. He has presented BBC television series on the Holy Cities of Jerusalem, Rome and Istanbul. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Visiting Professor at Buckingham University, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. Visit his website at, like him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter at

General Fields

  • : 9781780228358
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Phoenix
  • : 0.604
  • : May 2014
  • : 198mm X 128mm X 44mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 947.08420922
  • : 720
  • : illustrations