Stephen Kotkin on Stalin, Hitler, and the rise of autocracy.

A Stalin Biographer Explains How to Get Inside the Mind of a Dictator

A Stalin Biographer Explains How to Get Inside the Mind of a Dictator

Pointed interviews with Isaac Chotiner.
Dec. 14 2017 7:15 AM

I Have to Ask: The Stephen Kotkin Edition

The Stalin biographer on the secret to understanding the mind of an autocrat.

Stephen Kotkin
Stephen Kotkin

Photo illustration by Natalie Matthews-Ramo. Photo by © Larry Levanti.

Stephen Kotkin is a historian and the author of Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941. He sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss Stalin’s differences from the autocrats of today, what Stalin and Hitler did and didn’t share, and the secret to getting inside the head of a dictator.

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Podcast production by Audrey Dilling.