Iosip Vissarionovich Djugashvili, aka Stalin: Thuggish Dictator of the Soviet Union
Ian Duncan Smith: Thuggish Dictator of the Department of Work and Pensions
One of the other books I’ve been reading lately is Alex De Jonge’s biography of Stalin, Stalin and the Shaping of the Soviet Union (Glasgow: Fontana/Collins 1986). During his career Stalin is estimated to have killed at least 30 million Soviet citizens – though the real figure may be a high as 45 million or over – through a series of purges and artificial famines as he transformed the Soviet Union into the military and industrial superpower that was to dominate half of Europe and challenge America for world mastery for the next fifty years. From his boyhood Stalin was a thoroughly nasty piece of work.
The son of a drunken, abusive father, who used to challenge his son to knife him when beating him and a…
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