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Stalin and His Hangmen: An Authoritative Portrait of a Tyrant and Those Who Served Him by Donald Rayfield, and the imprinted with another subtitle: Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him, is a political biography by Donald Rayfield, of Joseph Stalin and his subordinates who ran the Sovietmarker secret police: Felix Dzerzhinsky, Vyacheslav Menzhinsky, Genrikh Yagoda, Nikolai Yezhov and Lavrentiy Beria.

The books are based on recent publications by Russian authors, Soviet archives, starting to open after the dissolution of the USSR and some private holdings, including the Nestor Lakoba archive (acquired by the Hoover Institute). It demonstrates how Cheka and its successors were indispensable in Stalin's consolidation and maintenance of power.

Table of Contents

  1. The Long Road to Power
  2. Stalin, Dzierzynski, and the Cheka
  3. The Exquisite Inquisitor
  4. Stalin Solo
  5. Iagoda's Rise
  6. Murdering of the Old Guard
  7. The Ezhov Bloodbath
  8. The of Lavrenti Beria
  9. Hangmen at War
  10. The Gratification of Curelty


The work

LC Control No.: 2004042833
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Rayfield, Donald, 1942-
Main Title: Stalin and his hangmen : the tyrant and those who killed for him / Donald Rayfield.
Edition Information: 1st U.S. ed.
Published/Created: New York : Random House, c2004.
Description: xxviii, 541 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN 0375506322
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [493]-501) and index.
Subjects: Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953.
Kommunisticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡ Sovetskogo Soiuza--Purges--History.
Soviet Union. Narodnyĭ komissariat vnutrennikh del--History.
Political atrocities--Soviet Union.
Soviet Union--Politics and government--1917-1936.
Soviet Union--Politics and government--1936-1953.
LC Classification: DK268.4 .R39 2004
Dewey Class No.: 947.084/092/2 22


  • Stalin and His Hangmen: An Authoritative Portrait of a Tyrant and Those Who Served Him.
by Donald Rayfield.
Viking Press, 2004.
[pounds sterling]20.00. xxvi + 528 pages.
ISBN 0-670-91088-0.


  • Audio Cassette
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc. (2005)
Language: English
ISBN 10 1415905185
ISBN 13 978-1415905180


Reviews

  • Kramer, Mark. 2006.
Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him (review).
Journal of Cold War Studies.
8 (1): 122-127.


Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him (review)
by Mark Kramer
Type: Article
Language: English
Publisher: Project Muse
Publication: Journal of Cold War Studies, 8, no. 1 (2006): 122-127
Database: Article First
ISSN: 1520-3972
OCLC: 86914457


HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY - Stalin and His Hangmen - An authoritative portrait of a tyrant and those who served him - Donald Rayfield
by Stephen Kotkin
Type: Article
Language: English
Publisher: [London, Times Newspapers Ltd.]
Publication: TLS, the Times literary supplement. no. 5301, (2004): 10
Database: ArticleFirst
ISSN: 0307-661X
OCLC: 98160467


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