Author Stephen Kotkin has written the definitive biography of Joseph Stalin, from collectivization and the Great Terror to the conflict with Hitler’s Germany that is the signal event of modern world history.

Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is a history of the world during the build-up to its most fateful hour, from the vantage point of Stalin’s seat of power. It is a landmark achievement in the annals of historical scholarship, and in the art of biography.

“Superb… Mr. Kotkin’s volume joins an impressive shelf of books on Stalin. Only Mr. Kotlin’s book approaches the highest standard of scholarly rigor and general-interest readability” – The Wall Street Journal. The full title of this book is “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941”. Will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017.

Compiled and reviewed by Clara Rayes.