Stalin: debunking the myths
The usual reading literature Stalin rate was around 300 pages per day. He is constantly engaged in self-education. For example, while being treated in the Caucasus in 1931, in a letter to Nadezhda Aliluevoy, forgetting to inform about his health, he asked him to send textbooks in electrical engineering and ferrous metallurgy.
Stalin evaluate the level of education is in the number of read and studied their books. How much is it in my life read, set, apparently, will not succeed. He is a collector of books was not - he did not collect them, and took away, ie in his library were only those books which he intended to use somehow in the future... But even those books that he chose to take into account difficult. In his Kremlin apartment library totaled an estimated witnesses, tens of thousands of volumes, but in 1941 the library was evacuated, and many books back from it, it is not known as the library in the Kremlin was not restored. Subsequently, his books were in the cottages, and the Middle wing was built as a library. In this library Stalin 20 thousand. Volumes were collected.
According to the existing current criteria of Stalin achieved scientific results was a doctor of philosophy back in 1920 is even more brilliant and still nobody surpassed his achievements in the economy.
Stalin always worked ahead of time, sometimes for several decades ahead. Its effectiveness as a leader was that he put a very distant goal, and solutions today become part of ambitious plans. Under Stalin, the country in the most difficult conditions, but as soon as sharply jerked forward, and this means that at the appointed time had plenty of smart people in the country. And this is true, because Stalin gave to the mind of Soviet citizens of the utmost importance. He was a wise man, and he was sick in the cold environment, it is sought that the entire country was smart. The base for the mind, creativity - knowledge. Knowledge of everything. And never so much has been done to give people the knowledge to develop their mind as under Stalin.
Stalin vodka did not fight, he fought for the people's free time. Amateur sports has been developed and it is very amateur. Every enterprise and institution had sports teams and athletes from their employees. More or less large enterprises had to have and maintain stadiums. Played all and in all.
Stalin preferred to only wine "Tsinandali" and "Teliani". Sometimes, drinking brandy, and vodka is simply not interested. From 1930 to 1953, saw its protection "in free fall" only twice: at the birthday SM Shtemenko and wake Zhdanov.
In all the cities of the USSR of Stalin's time were parks. They were originally intended for mass recreation. They must have been reading and game room (chess, billiards), beer and ice cream, a dance floor and summer theaters.
During the first 10 years of being in the first echelons of power in the USSR, Stalin thrice handed in his resignation. Stalin was like Lenin, but his fanaticism does not extend to Marx, but in particular the Soviet people - Stalin fanatically served him.
The ideological struggle against Stalin at the Trotskyists just did not have a chance. When Trotsky, Stalin proposed to hold general Party discussion in 1927, the final results of the referendum were all-Party to the Trotskyists stunning. Of the 854 million members of the party voted 730 thousand of them voted for Stalin's position 724,000 and Trotsky - 6000.
In 1927, Stalin had a resolution that garden party officials can not be more than 3-4 rooms.
Stalin very well apply to the protection and maintenance personnel. Quite often I invited them to the table, and saw once that hour at the post getting wet in the rain, immediately ordered to build on this post fungus. But it had nothing to do with their service. Here Stalin would not tolerate any indulgences.
Stalin was in relation to very thrifty - in clothes he had nothing more, but what was he zanashival.
During the war Stalin, as expected, he sent his sons to the front.
In the Battle of Kursk, Stalin found a way out of a desperate situation: the Germans were going to apply a "gadget" - tanks "Tiger" and "Panther", against which our artillery was powerless. Stalin recalled its support for the development of an explosive A-IX-2 and new experimental bombs PTAB, and instructed: 15 May, ie at the time when the roads dry out, to produce 800 thousand such bombs.... 150 plants of the Soviet Union rushed to carry out this order and complied with. As a result, the German army at Kursk deprived strike force tactical Stalin novelty - bomb PTAB-2, 5-1, 5.
His famous phrase "cadres decide everything" Stalin said in 1935 at a reception in honor of graduates of military academies: "Too much talk about the merits of our leaders, about the merits of the leaders. They are credited with all, almost all of our achievements. This, of course, wrong and wrong. It's not just the leaders. ... In order to set technique going and to utilize it to the full, we need people who have mastered technique, we need cadres capable of mastering and utilizing this technique according to all rules of art ... That is why the old slogan ... should now be replaced by a new slogan. .. ".
In 1943, Stalin said: "I know that after my death to my grave will cause a lot of garbage, but the wind will scatter its history relentlessly!"