Rappaport describes some of the most fundamental aspects of the Soviet leader and the political system that he instituted in a form that is accessible both to students of Russia and to lay readers who do not speak Russian and know little about him and the times. She shies away from the complex political aspects of Stalin's (1879-1953) rule to focus on the personal and to interpret how the lives of the Russian population and some of his most famous victims were affected by his 35-year rule. The articles are cross-referenced and topic-specific bibliographies augment the general one. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Helen Rappaport is a professional writer and editor for leading reference publishers.