Stalin. Vol. II: Waiting for Hitler 1928–1941

  title={Stalin. Vol. II: Waiting for Hitler 1928–1941},
  author={Michael Carley},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  pages={477 - 479}
  • M. Carley
  • Published 16 March 2018
  • Europe-Asia Studies
‘IOSIF STALIN WAS A HUMAN BEING’, STEPHEN KOTKIN WRITES AT THE beginning of his second volume of the biography of the Soviet dictator. ‘He collected watches. He played skittles and billiards. He loved gardening and Russian steam baths’ (p. 1). He smoked a pipe, kept his desk in order and loved books. He liked Gogol and Tolstoi but his favourite Russian author was Chekhov. Behind the normality of gardening and books and other such interests lay demons that, according to the author, made Stalin a…