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Stalin's Children: Three Generations of Love, War, and Survival

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Owen Matthews

For three generations of Matthews's family, Russia was a place that made us and freed us and inspired us and very nearly broke us. In this fascinating family memoir, Matthews,Newsweek's Moscow bureau chief, recounts that history. His maternal grandfather … see full wiki

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Author: Owen Matthews
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Walker & Company
3 reviews about Stalin's Children: Three Generations of...
review by . November 26, 2008
Somehow I expected something more. This book is more 'literature' than 'history.' The metaphors and similes are nauseating more often than not and the ideas put into people's minds, including the authors thoughts of what they must have been 'feeling,' 'thinking,' in the midst of 'understanding,' etc seem like a waste of time and space since we'll never know what they truly were thinking and/or feeling. The author is obviously new to Soviet history, his rapid and general descriptions of what was …
review by . September 25, 2008
My area of interest has always been prerevolutionary Russia. I must admit to having received and read this work with some trepidations as this particular era hold little to no interest for me. I am grateful to have read this work though.     I love personal accounts of personal lives from any country of any era if they are interesting people or simple people caught up in interesting times. With this book, I got both. Of course Stalin ranks right up their with Hitler and Pol Pot …
review by . September 23, 2008
George Buchner, the 19th Century German dramatist, wrote, "Revolution is like Saturn; it devours its own children." Stalin's Children by Owen Matthews proves the truth of Buchner's maxim. It is Matthews' family's memoir of "three generations of love, war, and survival," as the subtitle puts it. Perhaps a better subtitle would have been, "how three generations survived war through love."    On his mother's side, Owen Matthews is Russian; on his father's, Welsh. We do not get much …
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