Stalin's Library
Geoffrey Roberts

Stalin's Library

Stalin's Library examines Stalin’s mind and life through the prism of his personal library. It will use this unique source to construct an insightful intellectual and biographical portrait of the Soviet dictator. It will explore the books he read and the impact their content had on his life. Stalin was a great believer in the power of the word. This study of his inner world will explore the power the word exercised over him. At its peak there were 20,000 books in Stalin's library, including many hundreds that he annotated. Only in dialogue with his books in the confines of his private library did he allow himself the luxury of thinking aloud spontaneously, which is why Stalin’s reading habits and interests and the books he read and annotated provide a unique window into his innermost thoughts.

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  • Author: Geoffrey Roberts
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    • UK: Yale University Press
    • USA: Yale University Press

Geoffrey Roberts

Geoffrey Roberts was born in Deptford, south London in 1952. His father worked as a labourer at the local power station and his mother as a cleaner and tea lady. A pupil of Addey & Stanhope Grammar School he left aged 16 and started his working life as a clerk with the Greater London Council. In the 1970s he was an International Relations undergraduate at North Staffordshire Polytechnic and postgraduate research student at the London School of Economics. In the 1980s he worked in the Education Department of NALGO, the public sector trade union.Geoffrey returned to academic life in the 1...
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