Richard Pipes is Professor of History Emeritus at Harvard. He is the author of several books, including The Russian Revolution, Uvarov: A Life, and, most recently, Alexander Yakovlev: The Man Whose Ideas Delivered Russia from Communism.
 (December 2015)


Stalin: ‘He Couldn’t Have Done It Without Them’

Joseph Stalin lying in state, attended by Vyacheslav Molotov, Kliment Voroshilov, Lavrenty Beria, and Georgii Malenkov, Moscow, March 8, 1953

On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics

by Sheila Fitzpatrick
There seems to be an insatiable appetite for biographies of Stalin. The catalog of Harvard University’s library lists 690, 203 of them published since the year 2000. Although Stalin plays a central part in Sheila Fitzpatrick’s latest book, this is not a biography but something more unusual: a story of …

The Cleverness of Joseph Stalin

Lenin and Stalin at Gorki, just outside Moscow, September 1922; photograph by Maria Ulyanova, Lenin’s sister. Stephen Kotkin writes that ‘Stalin had images of his visit published to show Lenin’s supposed recovery—and his own proximity to the Bolshevik leader. This pose was not among those published.’

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928

by Stephen Kotkin
Joseph Stalin, for a quarter-century undisputed master of the Soviet Union and its postwar satellites, was one of the leading mass murderers of the murderous twentieth century. So much so that Hitler, Stalin’s competitor in this field, came greatly to admire him. In some of his “table talks,” held in …