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By 1945, Stalin was already, in his own eyes, the greatest statesman, the greatest strategist, the greatest philosopher in the world, the Father and Teacher of Mankind; and thanks to a vast hierarchy of yes-men beneath him his lightest observations could become infallible truths before which inconvenient evidence must bow and retire.

From the introduction to “The Last Days of Hitler,” by Hugh Trevor-Roper.

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