THE LAST DAYS OF STALIN

JOSHUA RUBENSTEIN
304pp 16 ILLUS 2016 LIST PRICE: £25.00 HB98

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Stalin’s sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life. This is an engaging, briskly told account of the dictator’s final active months, the vigil at his deathbed, and the unfolding of Soviet and international events in the months after his death. Rubenstein throws light on the devious plotting of Beria, Malenkov, Khrushchev and other ‘comrades in arms’ who well understood the significance of the dictator’s impending death; the witness-documented events of his death as compared to official published versions; Stalin’s rumoured plans forcibly to exile Soviet Jews; the responses of Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles to the Kremlin’s conciliatory gestures after the dictator’s death; and the momentous repercussions when Stalin’s regime of terror was cut short.