BN-CX891_bkrvst_DV_20140523142333“His face lost its color.  His breathing became distorted.  He choked to death as we watched.  The death agony was painful.  At the last-minute he opened his eyes again, a terrible look, mad, or angry, and full of the fear of death.  His left hand rose, and seemed to be pointing upwards, or threatening us all … then his spirit tore itself from his body.”

The final moments of Joseph Stalin’s life, as recorded by his daughter, Svetlana.

Paul Johnson provides a valuable service in his book, Stalin: The Kremlin Mountaineer.  The book is a short summary of Stalin’s evil reign in the Soviet Union.  The book is not meant to be comprehensive by any stretch of the imagination.  However, he does provide enough detail to motivate readers to turn to other sources.  Such sources would include Young Stalin or Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, both by Simon Sebag Montefiore.

Johnson’s book is a reminder of where atheism leads and how unchecked power always leads to devastating results – in Stalin’s case the loss of millions of lives.

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