On March 5, 1953, Joseph Stalin dies at his Volynskoe dacha in Moscow after being hit by a cerebral hemorrhage. He becomes the longest serving leader of the Soviet Union. Stalin’s greatest mark on Russia and communism was likely the sense of fear and compromise he instilled in life. The Whisperers draws from first person accounts, letters, and memoirs to rebuild the world Russians survived on a daily basis. It was a life where a careless decision could destroy their family or save it in some cruel way. Orlando Figes, the author, attempts to tell the story of Stalin through the lives of his victims and shapers of his political system.

Book Title: The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia

Book Author: Orlando Figes

ISBN Number: 0805074619 (ISBN13: 9780805074611)

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