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Deutscher, Isaac. Stalin: A Political Biography. Second edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967, 661 p. Focuses on Stalin's political life.

McNeal, Robert H. Stalin: Man and Ruler. Hampshire and London: Macmillan Press, 1988, 389 p.

Examines Stalin's life and work using sources rarely available outside the former Soviet Union.

Trotsky, Leon. Stalin: An Appraisal of the Man and His Influence. Revised edition. Edited and translated by Charles Malamuth. New York: Stein and Day, 1967, 516 p.

Seminal biography by Stalin's close associate and sometime enemy Trotsky that includes an introduction by Bertram D. Wolfe.

Tucker, Robert C. Stalin as Revolutionary, 1879-1929: A Study in History and Personality. New York: W. W. Norton and Company, 1973, 517 p.

Presents a "psychohistorical" analysis of Stalin's personal and professional life, focusing on the transformation of individual personality during periods of crisis, such as Stalin's rise to power.


Conquest, Robert. The Great Terror: A Reassessment. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990, 570 p.

Updates an earlier publication, The Great Terror, based on documents and information revealed after the fall of the Soviet Union about Stalin's most violent tyranny in the 1930s.

Daniels, Robert V., ed. The Stalin Revolution: Foundations of Soviet Totalitarianism. Second edition. Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath and Company, 1972, 233 p.

Collection of essays on Soviet ideology during Stalin's rule by major thinkers on the subject, including Stalin, Leon Trotsky, and Nikita Khrushchev.

Davies, R. W. "Peaches from Our Tree." London Review of Books 17, No. 17 (7 September 1995): 20.

Reviews Stalin's Letters to Molotov, 1925-1936.

Kemp-Welch, A. Stalin and the Literary Intelligentsia, 1928-39. Hampshire and London: Macmillan Press, 1991, 338 p.

Examines Stalin's policies about, effect on, and representation in Soviet literature during the crucial years of his rule.

Kern, Gary. "Solzhenitsyn's Portrait of Stalin." Slavic Review 33, No. 1 (March 1974): 1-22.

Discusses the creative and political problems encountered by Alexander Solzhenitsyn when he presented a direct attack on Stalin in his novel The First Circle.

Lewis, Jonathan, and Phillip Whitehead. Stalin: A Time for Judgement. London: Thames Methuen, 1990, 254 p.

Attempts to discover the wide-reaching effects of Stalinism in post-Cold War Russia.

Lipson, Leon. "Stalin's Style." Yale Review 70, No. 4 (Summer 1981): 500-05.

Examines Stalin's writing style, calling it "curiously formal" and "intricately patterned."

Lowenthal, Richard. "Stalin's Testament." The Twentieth Century CLIII, No. 913 (March 1953): 180-94.

Argues that the leaders of the Russian Revolution created the first "permanent revolution," the phenomenon of continued political crisis without periods of stability.

Luck, David. "A Psycholinguistic Approach to Leader Personality: Imagery of Aggression, Sex, and Death in Lenin and Stalin." Soviet Studies XXX, No. 4 (October 1978): 491-515.

Psychoanalyzes several twentieth-century political figures, including Stalin and Lenin, as leaders, concluding that "in important historical cases data were available for psychological comprehension and deathly-aggression prediction well before the attainment of political power."

Marsh, Rosalind. Images of Dictatorship: Portraits of Stalin in Literature. London and New York: Routledge, 1989, 267 p.

Explores Russian and European writers' attempts to come to terms with the aftermath of Stalinism in their fiction.

Medvedev, Roy A. On Stalin and Stalinism. Translated by Ellen de Kadt. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1979, 205 p.

Posthumous examination of Stalinism by an eminent Soviet historian.

Rancour-Laferriere, Daniel. "From Incompetence to Satire: Voinovich's Image of Stalin as Castrated Leader of the Soviet Union in 1941." Slavic Review 50, No. 1 (Spring 1991): 36-47.

Psychoanalyzes Vladimir Voinovich's satiric portrayal of Stalin in Zhizn' i neobychainye prikliucheniia soldata Ivana Chonkina: roman-anekdot v piati chastiakh.

Struve, Gleb. Russian Literature under Lenin and Stalin, 1917-1953. Revised edition. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1971, 454 p.

Comprehensive survey of literature written from the Russian Revolution to the death of Stalin.

Tucker, Robert C. Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941. New York and London: W. W. Norton and Company, 1990, 707 p.

Examines the notion of the "revolution from above"—the continuing Soviet revolution initiated and directed by the state and supported from below by the masses—and the place of Stalin's collectivization.

Volkogonov, Dmitri. Stalin: Triumph and Tragedy. Edited and translated by Harold Shukman. New York: Grove Weidenfeld, 1988, 642 p.

Examination of the Stalin years by a Colonel General in the Soviet government.

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