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Simon Sebag Montefiore - Author

About the Author

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian and writer. His books are international bestsellers, published in 27 languages. CATHERINE THE GREAT AND POTEMKIN (originally POTEMKIN: PRINCE OF PRINCES) was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. STALIN: THE COURT OF THE RED TSAR won the History Book of the Year Prize at the 2004 British Book Awards. YOUNG STALIN (published May 2007) is its companion and prequel. Born in 1965, Montefiore read History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, novelist, and television presenter, he lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children. He is now writing JERUSALEM: THE BIOGRAPHY, a fresh history of the Middle East.

Featured books by Simon Sebag Montefiore

One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state? Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.

Other books by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Titans of History

Titans of History

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2018

In this inspiring, horrifying, and accessible collection of short, entertaining, and vivid life stories, Simon Sebag Montefioreone of our pre-eminent historians and a prizewinning writerpresents the giant characters who have changed the course of world history. These titans of historyencompassing queens, empresses, and actresses, kings, sultans, and conquerors, as well as prophets, artists, courtesans, psychopaths, and explorerslived lives of astonishing drama, courage and adventure, debauchery and slaughter, virtue and crime. The subjects range widely throughout time and geography from Buddha and Genghis Khan to Nero and Churchill; from Catherine the Great and Anne Frank to Toussaint l'Ouverture and Martin Luther King; from Mozart to Mao; from Jesus Christ and Shakespeare to Einstein and Elvis. Through these lives, Montefiore recounts the most momentous world eventsfrom ancient times to the Crusades, the Holocaust, and the Gulf Wars. These are the historical figures that everyone should know and the stories we should never forget.

Written in History Letters that Changed the World

Written in History Letters that Changed the World

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

WRITTEN IN HISTORY celebrates the great letters of world history, creative culture and personal life. Acclaimed historian Simon Sebag Montefiore selects over one hundred letters from ancient times to the twenty-first century: some are noble and inspiring, some despicable and unsettling; some are exquisite works of literature, others brutal, coarse and frankly outrageous; many are erotic, others heartbreaking. The writers vary from Elizabeth I, Rameses the Great and Leonard Cohen to Emmeline Pankhurst, Mandela, Stalin, Michelangelo, Suleiman the Magnificent and unknown people in extraordinary circumstances - from love letters to calls for liberation, declarations of war to reflections on death. In the colourful, accessible style of a master storyteller, Montefiore shows why these letters are essential reading: how they enlighten our past, enrich the way we live now - and illuminate tomorrow.

Red Sky at Noon

Red Sky at Noon

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/05/2018

`An epic adventure story set against the most awful war in history. Ridiculously good' Dan Snow 'The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ...' Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrols in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a desperate mission behind enemy lines. Switching between Benya's war in the grasslands of Southern Russia, and Stalin's plans in the Kremlin, between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin's daughter and a journalist also on the Eastern Front, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery and human survival where personal betrayal is a constant companion, and death just a heartbeat away. Praise for Red Sky at Noon 'Red Sky at Noon is an epic adventure story set against the backdrop of the most awful war in human history. The master historian shape-shifting into the brilliant novelist. Ridiculously good'. Dan Snow 'Mythic and murderous violence in Russia...there are power-drunk Nazis and Soviet traitors, including a particularly memorable villain ...Written with brio & deep knowledge of its fascinating subject matter... a deeply satisfying pageturner.' - Book of the Month, The Times 'In this third volume of The Moscow Trilogy, the fate of combatants and civilians is often harsh. With his feel for vivid and immediate drama and impressive research, the author evokes the extreme turbulence and violence impacting on individuals. Writing with passion, Montefiore makes the point that, up against the huge forces of war, the struggle for personal resolution can be tragic - but never wasted.' - Daily Mail 'The final instalment of Montefiore's loosely connected Moscow Trilogy: amidst the killing and the chaos, a group of prisoners are offered a chance of redemption on a secret mission behind enemy lines on horseback. Montefiore has a keen sense of place and an eye of unexpected details. Switching between the frontline on the Russian steppes and Stalin in the Kremlin, this is an EXCITING FAST-PACED ADVENTURE AND A LAMENT FOR LOVE IN DARK AND BRUTAL TIMES.' - Mail on Sunday 'I devoured Red Sky at Noon. A heartstopping, heartbreaking, technicolour epic. A grand homage to the Russian masters Babel & Grossman, echoes of Hemingway & Dostoevsky, and a propulsive delight that is entirely Montefiore's own. Gripping storytelling allied with intimate, unsqueamish knowledge of Russian history - a special combination.' - AD Miller, author of Snowdrops 'The gripping final instalment of the Moscow Trilogy tells of a man wrongly imprisoned in the Gulags and his fight for redemption. Love in dark times, meticulously researched... In this searing tale of love and war, most moving is the redemptive relationship between a soldier and a nurse that blooms amid the brutality. An homage to the author's favourite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard, such influences pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author's distinct own voice.' - Observer

Moscow Trilogy

Moscow Trilogy

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2018

Bestselling author and master storyteller Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping, moving and highly acclaimed novels of love and war, betrayal, espionage and terror - gathered here for the first time in one compelling volume.Sashenka It is winter 1916 in the tsar s wartime capital St Petersburg and the beautiful and headstrong Sashenka Zeitlin plays a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction. Twenty years on, she is a perfect Communist wife and mother who risks everything for a forbidden love affair with a pleasure loving writer which will have devastating consequences. Sashenka's story lies hidden for half a century until a young historian goes deep into Stalin's private archives and uncovers a heartbreaking story of passion, betrayal, and unexpected heroism.Red Sky at Noon Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion to fight the invading Nazis and enrols in a cavalry unit of criminals and Cossacks sent on a desperate ride across the sweltering grasslands of southern Russia. Switching between the cruel war and Stalin's secrets in the Kremlin, Benya s affair with an Italian nurse is the heart of this epic story of passion, bravery and survival where betrayal and death are constant companions, and love, however fleeting and doomed, offers a glimmer of redemption.One Night in Winter As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, the teenage children of two of Russia's top leaders are found dead. An investigation begins in their elite school, teenagers and children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends and their parents. The terrifying inquiry soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a world where the smallest mistakes can be punished by death.

Red Sky at Noon

Red Sky at Noon

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2018

The stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs and Jerusalem, set during an epic cavalry ride across the hot grasslands outside Stalingrad during the darkest times of World War II"e;The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ..."e;Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrolls in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines-but is there a traitor among them? The only thing Benya can truly trust is his horse, Silver Socks, and that he will find no mercy in the onslaught of Hitler's troops as they push east.Spanning ten epic days, between Benya's war on the grasslands of southern Russia and Stalin's intrigues in the Kremlin, between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin's daughter and a war correspondent, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery, and survival-where betrayal is a constant companion, death just a heartbeat away, and love, however fleeting, offers a glimmer of redemption.

Sashenka

Sashenka

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Sashenka by Simon Sebag Montefiore, read by Tuppence Middleton.Winter, 1916: In St Petersburg, Russia on the brink of revolution. Outside the Smolny Institute for Noble Young Ladies, an English governess is waiting for her young charge to be released from school. But so are the Tsar's secret police...Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen night to play her part in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction.Twenty years on, Sashenka has a powerful husband with whom she has two children. Around her people are disappearing, but her own family is safe. But she's about to embark on a forbidden love affair which will have devastating consequences.Sashenka's story lies hidden for half a century, until a young historian goes deep into Stalin's private archives and uncovers a heart-breaking tale of passion and betrayal, savage cruelty and unexpected heroism - and one woman forced to make an unbearable choice.

Titans of History The Giants Who Made Our World

Titans of History The Giants Who Made Our World

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/09/2017

NEW EDITION - FEATURING UPDATED INTRODUCTION AND NEW CHAPTERS The giant characters of history - from Mozart to Michelangelo, Shakespeare to Einstein, Henry VIII to Hitler, Catherine the Great to Margaret Thatcher, Jesus Christ to Genghis Khan -- lived lives of astonishing drama and adventure, debauchery and slaughter, but they also formed our world and will shape our future. In this eclectic and surprising collection of short and entertaining life stories, Simon Sebag Montefiore introduces his choice of kings, empresses, sultans and conquerors, as well as prophets, explorers, artists, actresses, courtesans and psychopaths. From the ancient times, via crusades and world wars, up to the 21st century, this accessible history introduces readers to the titans who changed the world: the characters we should all know, and the stories we should never forget.

Red Sky at Noon

Red Sky at Noon

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2017

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Red Sky at Noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore, read by Simon Bubb.'The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ...'Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He joins the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a desperate mission behind enemy lines.Switching between Benya's war in the grasslands of Southern Russia, and Stalin's plans in the Kremlin, between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin's daughter and a journalist also on the Eastern Front, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery and human survival where personal betrayal is a constant companion, and death just a hearbeat away.'A master storyteller - his fiction is compelling' GQ'A natural storyteller who brings his encycolopedic knowledge of Russian history to life in language that glittlers like the ice of St Petersburg.' Washington Post

Red Sky at Noon

Red Sky at Noon

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2017

'The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ...' Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrols in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a desperate mission behind enemy lines. Switching between Benya's war in the grasslands of Southern Russia, and Stalin's plans in the Kremlin, between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin's daughter and a journalist also on the Eastern Front, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery and human survival where personal betrayal is a constant companion, and death just a heartbeat away. Praise for Red Sky at Noon 'Red Sky at Noon is an epic adventure story set against the backdrop of the most awful war in human history. The master historian shape-shifting into the brilliant novelist. Ridiculously good'. Dan Snow 'The gripping final instalment of the Moscow Trilogy tells of a man wrongly imprisoned in the Gulags and his fight for redemption. Meticulously researched ... In this searing tale of love and war, most moving is the redemptive relationship between a soldier and a nurse that blooms amid the brutality. An homage to the author's favourite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard, such influences pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author's distinct own voice.' - Observer 'Mythic and murderous violence in Russia...there are power-drunk Nazis and Soviet traitors, including a particularly memorable villain ...Written with brio & deep knowledge of its fascinating subject matter... a deeply satisfying pageturner.' - Book of the Month, The Times 'In this third volume of The Moscow Trilogy, the fate of combatants and civilians is often harsh. With his feel for vivid and immediate drama and impressive research, the author evokes the extreme turbulence and violence impacting on individuals. Writing with passion, Montefiore makes the point that, up against the huge forces of war, the struggle for personal resolution can be tragic - but never wasted.' - Daily Mail 'The final instalment of Montefiore's loosely connected Moscow Trilogy: amidst the killing and the chaos, a group of prisoners are offered a chance of redemption on a secret mission behind enemy lines on horseback. Montefiore has a keen sense of place and an eye of unexpected details. Switching between the frontline on the Russian steppes and Stalin in the Kremlin, this is an EXCITING FAST-PACED ADVENTURE AND A LAMENT FOR LOVE IN DARK AND BRUTAL TIMES.' - Mail on Sunday 'I devoured Red Sky at Noon. A heartstopping, heartbreaking, technicolour epic. A grand homage to the Russian masters Babel & Grossman, echoes of Hemingway & Dostoevsky, and a propulsive delight that is entirely Montefiore's own. Gripping storytelling allied with intimate, unsqueamish knowledge of Russian history - a special combination.' - AD Miller, author of Snowdrops 'A GRIPPING tale ... Montefiore is BRILLIANT at depicting the BROODING MENACE ... the [penal battalions] are given increasingly risky missions, it is Benya's journey on horseback that we follow behind enemy lines in the grasslands of southern Russia ... An EPIC tale ... The language is arresting ... It's beautifully done: a WESTERN ON THE EASTERN FRONT.' - Daily Telegraph 'DISPATCHES FROM THE DAYS OF BLOOD AND THUNDER ... There are atrocities on all sides and a smidgen of love as Benya falls for a brave Italian nurse. A subplot follows the ill-starred affair between Stalin's daughter and a Jewish writer. But Benya's struggle to keep his humanity is the memorable spine of the book.' - Best of Summer reading, The Times 'Exhilarated and terrified ... Golden is plunged into a world where violent death could arrive at any moment and any pleasures that present themselves (an unexpected affair with an Italian nurse, for example) must be seized immediately. Sebag Montefiore PAINTS HIS VERBAL PICTURES of the WAR IN BOLD PRIMARY COLOURS ... SHEER ENERGY OF STORYTELLING AND GRAND SWEEP OF NARRATIVE.' - Sunday Times

Red Sky at Noon

Red Sky at Noon

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

`An epic adventure story set against the most awful war in history. Ridiculously good' Dan Snow 'The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ...' Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrols in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a desperate mission behind enemy lines. Switching between Benya's war in the grasslands of Southern Russia, and Stalin's plans in the Kremlin, between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin's daughter and a journalist also on the Eastern Front, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery and human survival where personal betrayal is a constant companion, and death just a heartbeat away. Praise for Red Sky at Noon 'Red Sky at Noon is an epic adventure story set against the backdrop of the most awful war in human history. The master historian shape-shifting into the brilliant novelist. Ridiculously good'. Dan Snow 'The gripping final instalment of the Moscow Trilogy tells of a man wrongly imprisoned in the Gulags and his fight for redemption. Meticulously researched ... In this searing tale of love and war, most moving is the redemptive relationship between a soldier and a nurse that blooms amid the brutality. An homage to the author's favourite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard, such influences pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author's distinct own voice.' - Observer 'Mythic and murderous violence in Russia...there are power-drunk Nazis and Soviet traitors, including a particularly memorable villain ...Written with brio & deep knowledge of its fascinating subject matter... a deeply satisfying pageturner.' - Book of the Month, The Times 'In this third volume of The Moscow Trilogy, the fate of combatants and civilians is often harsh. With his feel for vivid and immediate drama and impressive research, the author evokes the extreme turbulence and violence impacting on individuals. Writing with passion, Montefiore makes the point that, up against the huge forces of war, the struggle for personal resolution can be tragic - but never wasted.' - Daily Mail 'The final instalment of Montefiore's loosely connected Moscow Trilogy: amidst the killing and the chaos, a group of prisoners are offered a chance of redemption on a secret mission behind enemy lines on horseback. Montefiore has a keen sense of place and an eye of unexpected details. Switching between the frontline on the Russian steppes and Stalin in the Kremlin, this is an EXCITING FAST-PACED ADVENTURE AND A LAMENT FOR LOVE IN DARK AND BRUTAL TIMES.' - Mail on Sunday 'I devoured Red Sky at Noon. A heartstopping, heartbreaking, technicolour epic. A grand homage to the Russian masters Babel & Grossman, echoes of Hemingway & Dostoevsky, and a propulsive delight that is entirely Montefiore's own. Gripping storytelling allied with intimate, unsqueamish knowledge of Russian history - a special combination.' - AD Miller, author of Snowdrops 'A GRIPPING tale ... Montefiore is BRILLIANT at depicting the BROODING MENACE ... the [penal battalions] are given increasingly risky missions, it is Benya's journey on horseback that we follow behind enemy lines in the grasslands of southern Russia ... An EPIC tale ... The language is arresting ... It's beautifully done: a WESTERN ON THE EASTERN FRONT.' - Daily Telegraph 'DISPATCHES FROM THE DAYS OF BLOOD AND THUNDER ... There are atrocities on all sides and a smidgen of love as Benya falls for a brave Italian nurse. A subplot follows the ill-starred affair between Stalin's daughter and a Jewish writer. But Benya's struggle to keep his humanity is the memorable spine of the book.' - Best of Summer reading, The Times 'Exhilarated and terrified ... Golden is plunged into a world where violent death could arrive at any moment and any pleasures that present themselves (an unexpected affair with an Italian nurse, for example) must be seized immediately. Sebag Montefiore PAINTS HIS VERBAL PICTURES of the WAR IN BOLD PRIMARY COLOURS ... SHEER ENERGY OF STORYTELLING AND GRAND SWEEP OF NARRATIVE.' - Sunday Times

The Romanovs 1613-1918

The Romanovs 1613-1918

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2017

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling chronicle of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

Die Romanows

Die Romanows

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2016

"e;Exzellent! Dagegen ist Game of Thrones das reinste Kaffeekranzchen."e; Antony BeevorDie prunkvolle und blutige Geschichte der sagenumwobenen Dynastie der Romanows, die Russland jahrhundertelang bescherrschte und bis heute pragt.Wie kein anderes Adelsgeschlecht sind die Romanows der Inbegriff von schillerndem Prunk, Macht, Dekadenz und Grausamkeit. Uber 300 Jahre dominierten sie das russische Reich, mehr als 20 Zaren und Zarinnen gingen aus dem Geschlecht hervor, allesamt getrieben von unbandigem Machthunger und rucksichtslosem Willen zu herrschen - einige dem Wahnsinn naher als dem Genie. Simon Sebag Montefiore erzahlt die Saga dieser unglaublichen Familie, in der Rivalitat, Giftmorde und sexuelle Exzesse regelrecht auf der Tagesordnung standen. Basierend auf neuester Forschung und unbekanntem Archivmaterial zeichnet er die Schicksale und politischen Verwicklungen nach. Weder zuvor noch danach gab es ein so gewaltiges Reich, in dem sich Glanz und Grausamkeit auf unheilvolle Weise verbundeten.Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, prachtige Ausstattung."e;Eine auergewohnliche und packende Geschichte, voll von schmutzigen Machtkampfen, Gewalt und Brutalitat, groartigen Monstern, bedauernswerten Opfern und grotesken Heiligen ... entsetzlich, urkomisch und bewegend, aber auch unendlich tragisch."e; Adam Zamoyski, Autor der Bestseller 1812 und 1815

Jerusalem The Biography

Jerusalem The Biography

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/10/2016

The epic story of Jerusalem told through the lives of the men and women who created, ruled and inhabited it. Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women - kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores - who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth. Read by John Lee MP3 ON CD - THIS MP3-CD CANNOT BE PLAYED ON ALL DISC PLAYERS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ACCESS TO AN MP3 COMPATIBLE DEVICE.

Discursuri care au schimbat lumea

Discursuri care au schimbat lumea

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 22/08/2016

Un discurs celebru nu reflecta doar adevarul epocii sale, ci capteaza deopotriva marea minciuna. Aceasta minunata colectie de discursuri contine imnuri inaltatoare inchinate valorilor democratiei ce inglobeaza principiul decentei si al libertatii pe care noi le pretuim, cuvinte intelepte care lumineaza mintile. Dar putem, totodata, sa citim aici cateva dintre cele mai detestabile discursuri care au intunecat orizonturile lumii libere. Discursurile rostite de monstrii istoriei sunt pentru omenire adevaratele lectii. [...] Astfel, multe dintre ele dezvaluie defectele de caracter si virtutile oratorilor respectivi, dar fiecare este totodata o fereastra spre un mare eveniment istoric."e; - Simon Sebag MontefioreAm susE inut idealul unei societA E i libere E i democratice, n care toE i indivizii sA poatA trA i mpreunA n armonie E i cu E anse egale. Este un ideal pentru care sper sA pot trA i pentru al nfA ptui. Dar, dacA va fi nevoie, este un ideal pentru care sunt pregA tit sA mor."e; - Nelson MandelactA vreme respirA m putem sA sperA m, iar acolo unde suntem ntmpinaE i cu cinism E i scepticism, celor care ne spun cA noi nu putem le vom riposta cu acel nepieritor crez care rezumA spiritul unui popor: DA, NOI PUTEM."e; - Barack ObamaDe la declaraE ii de rA zboi la pledoarii pentru pace, de la ndemnuri la libertate la expresii de mnie ndreptA E itA , aceastA emoE ionantA antologie este o celebrare a peste 50 de discursuri care au marcat E i modelat cursul istoriei.ncepnd cu profeE ii marilor religii E i ncheind cu discursul lui Vladimir Putin E inut la Kremlin cu ocazia anexA rii Crimeii, Discursuri care au schimbat soarta lumii survoleazA epoci istorice, viziteazA naE iuni diverse E i capteazA voci dintre cele mai diferite - revoluE ionari E i tirani, militari E i oameni de stat, monarhi E i martiri.Volumul cuprinde cinci dintre cele mai mobilizatoare discursuri E inute de Winston Churchill despre cel de-al Doilea RA zboi Mondial, profeticele Eu am un vis "e;E i Eu am vA zut pA mntul fA gA duinE ei "e;ale lui Marin Luther King, cuvintele inspiratoare rostite de JFK la Zidul Berlinului E i pledoariile nflA cA rate ale lui Nelson Mandela, de la procesul sA u din 1964 E i de la alegerea sa ca preE edinte al Africii de Sud, n 1994. Acestora li se adaugA alocuE iunile istorice E inute de Elisabeta I a Angliei, Oliver Cromwell, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Iosif Stalin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, generalul Patton, Malcolm X, Papa Ioan Paul al II-lea, Vclav Havel, Mihail Gorbaciov, Barack Obama, Papa Francisc E i multe alte personalitA E i care i-au captivat, i-au nflA cA rat sau uneori i-au terifiat pe cei care i ascultau.

Stalin. Curtea tarului rosu

Stalin. Curtea tarului rosu

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2016

Cine era baiatul gruzin care a ajuns sa conduca imperiul vechilor tari? Cine juca pentru el rolul lui Goring, Himmler si Goebbels? Cum traiau familiile celor mai puternici oameni din Uniunea Sovietica? Pornind de la surse de multe ori inedite, Simon Sebag Montefiore descrie viata la curtea imperiala"e; sovietica, unde liderul se distreaza jucand jocul mortal al puterii, iar printre femei si copii se amesteca zilnic asasini si fanatici. Stalin si apropiatii sai acorda imense privilegii prietenilor, mananca si beau fara masura in timpul cinelor de la Kremlin sau Kuntevo si organizeaza razboiul impotriva Germaniei, intr-o lume a tradarii, crimei si promiscuitatii in care soarta fiecaruia se poate schimba intr-o clipa. Montefiore ne ofera portretul inegalabil al unui Stalin pasionat de film, muzica si literatura, care isi iubeste familia, dar nu ezita sa-si elimine brutal adversarii.

Romanovs

Romanovs

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2016

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last twelve tsars were murdered. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband (who was murdered soon afterward), enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul I was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolutionand the harrowing massacre of the entire family.Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchsmale and female, great and flawed, their families and courtsblazingly to life. Drawing on new archival research, Montefiore delivers an enthralling epic of triumph and tragedy, love and murder, encompassing the seminal years 1812, 1914 and 1917, that is both a universal study of power and a portrait of empire that helps define Russia today.

The Romanovs 1613-1918

The Romanovs 1613-1918

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/03/2016

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six tsars were murdered and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband - who was murdered soon afterwards - loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever written by a ruler. THE ROMANOVS climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today. Read by Simon Russell Beale MP3 ON CD - THIS MP3-CD CANNOT BE PLAYED ON ALL DISC PLAYERS. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ACCESS TO AN MP3 COMPATIBLE DEVICE.

The Romanovs 1613-1918

The Romanovs 1613-1918

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2016

The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world's surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world's greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore's gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six tsars were murdered and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband - who was murdered soon afterwards - loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon's invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever written by a ruler. THE ROMANOVS climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, THE ROMANOVS is at once an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power, and an essential portrait of the empire that still defines Russia today.

Catherine the Great and Potemkin The Imperial Love Affair

Catherine the Great and Potemkin The Imperial Love Affair

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2016

'One of the great love stories of history, in a league with Napoleon and Josephine, and Antony and Cleopatra ... Excellent, with dazzling mastery of detail and literary flair' Economist It was history's most successful political partnership - as sensual and fiery as it was creative and visionary. Catherine the Great was a woman of notorious passion and imperial ambition. Prince Potemkin - wildly flamboyant and sublimely talented - was the love of her life and her co-ruler. Together they seized Ukraine and Crimea, defining the Russian empire to this day. Their affair was so tumultuous that they negotiated an arrangement to share power, leaving Potemkin free to love his beautiful nieces, and Catherine her young male favourites. But these 'twin souls' never stopped loving each other. Drawing on their intimate letters and vast research, Simon Sebag Montefiore's enthralling, widely acclaimed biography restores these imperial partners to their rightful place as titans of their age.

Sasenka

Sasenka

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 10/12/2015

De la autorul bestsellerurilor Ierusalim si Intr-o noapte de iarna. O poveste zguduitoare despre pasiune si tradare, descoperita in arhivele secrete KGBIarna lui 1916: Sankt Petersburg. Rusia e n pragul revoluE iei. n faE a Institutului Smolni pentru Fete din nalta Societate, SaE enka, fiica de doar E aisprezece ani a baronului Zeitlin, este aE teptatA de cA tre guvernanta sa, dar E i de poliE ia secretA a Esarului... FrumoasA E i aprigA , SaE enka este captivatA de noua ideologie bolE evicA E i intrA n jocul periculos al conspiraE iei E i seducE iei. DouA zeci de ani mai trziu, e cA sA toritA cu un membru de seamA al partidului comunist E i are doi copii. nsA idila interzisA cu un scriitor are consecinE e devastatoare pentru familia sa.AceastA saga surprinde att zbuciumul unei elite bolE evice cA zute n dizgraE ie, ct E i paradoxurile istoriei pe care avem impresia cA o cunoaE tem."e; - The IndependentCu frumuseE ea irealA , cu distincE ia care trece dincolo de avere sau clasA socialA E i cu idealurile sale sincere care au costat-o att de mult, SaE enka reuE eE te sA ne cucereascA definitiv."e; - The SpectatorMontefiore se dovedeE te a fi un povestitor inegalabil, cu un stil precis, care te marcheazA ."e; - Wall Street JournalPe coridoarele acestei aripi a nchisorii era un du-te-vino continuu: bA rbaE i E i femei erau aruncaE i n celulele lor, aduE i la interogatorii, trimiE i n lunga cA lA torie din exilul siberian. Unii plngeau cu sughiE uri, alE ii dormeau; ntreg spectrul vieE ii era adunat aici. Jandarmul din spatele ghiE eului E i tot ndrepta privirea cA tre SaE enka, de parcA aceasta ar fi fost un pA un ntr-o cocinA de porci."e;

Der junge Stalin

Der junge Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 08/10/2015

"e;Eine Art Der Pate, Teil 1 Wahrscheinlich die grote historische Biographie des Jahres"e; The ObserverRevolutionar, Bankrauber, Dichter, Priesterschuler, Ehemann, Liebhaber, Vater - all dies war der junge Stalin zugleich. Wenig war bisher bekannt uber die Jugend und das so auergewohnliche wie abenteuerliche Leben des spateren Diktators.Der Historiker und Bestsellerautor Simon Sebag Montefiore hat zahllose unbekannte Dokumente zu Tage gefordert und erzahlt die packende, bisher ungeschriebene Geschichte des jungen Josef Stalin und wie aus ihm der gefurchtete Diktator und Staatsmann wurde."e;Kein Historiker ist Stalin so nah auf die Haut geruckt wie Simon Sebag Montefiore."e;Berliner Zeitung

Tinarul Stalin

Tinarul Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 21/07/2015

„Toti tinerii sunt la fel“, spunea Stalin, „deci ce rost are sa scrii... despre tânarul Stalin?“. Si totusi se însela: el fusese întotdeauna altfel. Tineretea sa a fost dramatica, aventuroasa si iesita din comun, cu siguranta mai tumultuoasa decât a lui Lenin sau Trotki. Simon Sebag Montefiore spune povestea fascinanta a unui baiat carismatic si periculos si a carierei lui de revolutionar, bandit, poet romantic, viitor preot, sot si amant pasionat si politician nemilos, care avea sa creeze imperiul sovietic dupa chipul si asemanarea sa. Rezultatul mai multor ani de cercetari ale arhivelor de la Moscova si din Georgia, Tânarul Stalin dezvaluie secretele vietii politice si personale a viitorului conducator al Uniunii Sovietice si a apropiatilor sai. Cartea a fost distinsa cu Premiul Costa pentru biografie, premiul pentru cea mai buna biografie acordat de Los Angeles Times si Premiul Bruno Kreisky pentru literatura politica.

Stalin The Court of the Red Tsar

Stalin The Court of the Red Tsar

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2014

Winner of the British Book Awards History Book of the Year Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize This thrilling biography of Stalin and his entourage during the terrifying decades of his supreme power transforms our understanding of Stalin as Soviet dictator, Marxist leader and Russian tsar. Based on groundbreaking research, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals in captivating detail the fear and betrayal, privilege and debauchery, family life and murderous cruelty of this secret world. Written with extraordinary narrative verve, this magnificent feat of scholarly research has become a classic of modern history writing. Showing how Stalin's triumphs and crimes were the product of his fanatical Marxism and his gifted but flawed character, this is an intimate portrait of a man as complicated and human as he was brutal and chilling.

Stalin

Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2014

Spannend und fesselnd wie ein groer russischer Roman: Diese aufsehenerregende Stalin-Biographie voll neuer Perspektiven wurde in England in wenigen Wochen zum heidiskutierten Bestseller. Nie zuvor konnte man "e;Vaterchen Stalin"e; so nahe kommen.Uber 20 Wochen auf der Spiegel - Bestsellerliste

One Night in Winter

One Night in Winter

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state? Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.

Katharina die Groe und Furst Potemkin

Katharina die Groe und Furst Potemkin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 27/01/2014

Die vielleicht grote Romanze der GeschichteKatharina die Groe war eine Frau von beruchtigter Leidenschaft, politischer Brillanz und faszinierendem Charme. Furst Potemkin - ein gut aussehender Lebemann und auerst gewandter Politiker - war die Liebe ihres Lebens, heimlicher Gemahl und Mitherrscher. Kein anderer nahm so groen Einfluss auf ihre politischen Entscheidungen wie er. Obgleich es nicht an Differenzen zwischen Katharina und Potemkin mangelte, er Affaren mit seinen hubschen Nichten hatte und sie mit ihren Gunstlingen, horten sie nie auf, einander zu lieben.Simon Sebag Montefiore hat Zugang zu bisher unbekannten und unveroffentlichten Dokumenten gefunden, er hat die intimen Briefe der Kaiserin und des Fursten gelesen. Nur so konnte er diese faszinierende Geschichte von Liebe und Macht in all ihren Dimensionen ans Licht bringen und Potemkin den zentralen Platz in der russischen Geschichte zuweisen, der ihm zusteht. Eine wundervolle Biographie voller Details und literarischem Flair.

Istanbul, Rome and Jerusalem

Istanbul, Rome and Jerusalem

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

Simon Sebag Montefiore, one of our most popular historians, and also presenter of BBC television series on Istanbul, Rome and Jerusalem, selects the essential cast of dramatic characters who built, destroyed or changed the three great Holy Cities. The creators of Istanbul: from the murderous visionary Constantine the Great to the ultimate power couple, Justinian and his burlesque-dancer-turned-empress Theodora, to Suleiman the Magnificent and his wife Roxelana, all the way to Ataturk. In Jerusalem: from Herod the Great, who killed his beloved wife and three sons, to the great Crusader queen Melisende and the Arab conqueror Saladin. In Rome, from psychotic Caligula and the philosopher Marcus Aurelius to the megalomanical seductress Marozia, the Borgias and Mussolini. These are stories and characters that everyone should know and no one should forget.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2013

Die Geschichte Jerusalems ist die Geschichte der WeltJerusalem ist die Stadt der Stadte, die Hauptstadt zweier Volker, der Schrein dreier Weltreligionen, der Schauplatz des jungsten Gerichts und der Brennpunkt des Nahost-Konflikts. Jerusalems Geschichte bedeutet 3000 Jahre Glauben, Fanatismus und Kampf, aber auch das Zusammenleben unterschiedlichster Kulturen. Packend und farbig schildert der Bestsellerautor Sebag Montefiore in seiner fulminanten, reich bebilderte Biographie die zahlreichen Epochen dieser sich standig wandelnden Stadt, ihre Kriege, Affaren, Konige, Propheten, Eroberer, Heiligen und Huren, die diese Stadt mitgeschaffen und gepragt haben. Basierend auf dem neuesten Stand der Forschung und teilweise unbekanntem Archivmaterial macht er die Essenz dieser einzigartigen Stadt greifbar und lasst sie in ihrer Einzigartigkeit leuchten. Denn nur Jerusalem existiert zweimal: im Himmel und auf Erden."e;Montefiore erzahlt so lebendig, dass man wie bei einem Krimi das Buch nicht aus der Hand legen kann."e;Deutschlandfunk"e;Simon Montefiore ist ein wunderbarer Historiker. Immer ist er in der Lage, komplexe Themen einfach dazulegen."e;Die Welt"e;Dieses gewaltige und glanzvolle Portrait Jerusalems ist von Anfang bis zum Ende absolut uberwaltigend."e;Sunday Times"e;Packend, uberragend, ein Meisterwerk! Montefiore vereint den Blick eines Romanciers fur Nuancen mit dem Spursinn eines Journalisten fur menschliche Schwachen und dem Konnen groer Historiker, die richtigen Quellen zum Sprechen zu bringen."e;The Times"e;Fesselnd! Uberzeugend! Ein Werk voller Leidenschaft und Gelehrsamkeit. Eine bedeutende Leistung mit einem wundervollem Sinn fur die Absurditaten und Abenteuer der Geschichte."e;The Independent"e;Eine grandiose Darstellung der unglaublichen Geschichte [von Jerusalem]; ein Mammutwerk, das Mastabe setzt. Der Historiker ist ein Erzahler im besten Sinn, und es gelingt ihm das Kunststuck, aus einer Flut von Quellen zur 3000-jahrigen Geschichte dieser Stadt eine Biografie wie einen spannenden Roman zu schreiben: niemals langweilig, oft uberraschend, detailreich und groere Zusammenhange einbeziehend."e;Westdeutsche Zeitung

Titans of the Middle East

Titans of the Middle East

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 17/05/2012

Simon Sebag Montefiore, one of our pre-eminent historians, presents the lives of some of the most influential figures in the History of the Middle East. In short profiles, spanning the centuries, he provides key insights in the characters who shaped the region, and the wider modern world. This is an exclusive ebook edition, a preview of the author's forthcoming work Titans of History.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 25/10/2011

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of three thousand years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the ';center of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and womenkings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whoreswho created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. As well as the many ordinary Jerusalemites who have left their mark on the city, its cast varies from Solomon, Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent to Cleopatra, Caligula and Churchill; from Abraham to Jesus and Muhammad; from the ancient world of Jezebel, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and Nero to the modern times of the Kaiser, Disraeli, Mark Twain, Lincoln, Rasputin, Lawrence of Arabia and Moshe Dayan. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twicein heaven and on earth.Includes a bonus PDF of the family trees of the kings, high priests, rulers, caliphs, and dynasties of Jerusalem

Jerusalem The Biography

Jerusalem The Biography

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 10/02/2011

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East? In a gripping narrative, Simon Sebag Montefiore reveals this ever-changing city in its many incarnations, bringing every epoch and character blazingly to life. Jerusalem's biography is told through the wars, love affairs and revelations of the men and women - kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores - who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem. Drawing on new archives, current scholarship, his own family papers and a lifetime's study, Montefiore illuminates the essence of sanctity and mysticism, identity and empire in a unique chronicle of the city that many believe will be the setting for the Apocalypse. This is how Jerusalem became Jerusalem, and the only city that exists twice - in heaven and on earth. Read by Andrew Sachs

Young Stalin

Young Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Format: eBook Release Date: 16/10/2007

Young Stalin tells the story of an exceptional, charismatic, darkly turbulent young man born into obscurity, fancying himself a poet and a priest, and finally embracing revolutionary idealism as his Messianic mission in life. Equal parts scholar and terrorist, a mastermind of bank robberies, extortion, piracy, and murder, he was so impressive in his brutality that Lenin made him, along with Trotsky, his chief henchman. Here is Stalin the supreme dictator in the making-his psychology, his loves and hatreds, his intellectual interests, his knowledge of the world-learning how to triumph in the Kremlin and create the USSR in his profoundly flawed image. Based on exhaustive research and astonishing new evidence, Young Stalin is a brilliant prehistory of the USSR from the perspective of those who would bring it into being.