Stalin as Revolutionary, 1879-1929, by Robert C. Tucker
Published by W. Norton & Company in 1973. 519 pages. First Edition Hardback with Dust Jacket (HWSO)
This book is a detailed biography of Stalin from his birth up until 1929. It explores the emergence of Bolshevism at the turn of the century and assesses the role of revolutionary leadership that Lenin created.
The book then examines how a Georgian youth named Djugashvili fashioned an idealized Russian revolutionary identity as 'Stalin'. After retracing this revolutionary's career from his years in a theological seminary in the 1890's to his role as one of Bolshevisms leaders in the October revolution of 1917, Tucker shows how Stalin forged ahead during the ensueing civil war, and how he finally came into conflict with Lenin.
There is also an excellent account of Stalin's struggle against Trotsky and other possible successors, and a diagnosis of emergent Stalinism as a program for revolution from above in Soviet Russia.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket is clipped, and has some minor scuffs and blemishes, as well as a couple of small nibbles and creases along the edges and inside fly leaf, but the spine is intact, and all inside pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound