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Stalin’s library: inside the mind of a dictator

Geoffrey Roberts explores the life and career of Josef Stalin through his vast book collection

Published: July 26, 2022 at 5:11 pm
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Historian Geoffrey Roberts explores the life and career of Josef Stalin through his vast book collection. In conversation with Rob Attar, Professor Roberts highlights some of the unexpected items on the Soviet dictator's shelves and explains the influence that reading had on his brutal regime.

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Geoffrey Roberts is the author of Stalin's Library: A Dictator and his Books (Yale University Press, 2022)

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Rob AttarEditor, BBC History Magazine

Rob Attar is editor of BBC History Magazine and also works across the HistoryExtra podcast and website, as well as hosting several BBC History Magazine events.

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