Who do you think the Brad-Pitt-surpassing handsome devil of a man is? Well, I'll give you a hint. "Devil of a man" is truly the word for this guy. If you guessed this guy:
you'd be right. Astonishing transformation, no? Young Hitler -- though no clear pictures survive -- looked like a doofus loner Lee Harvey Oswald-type maniac. Young Joe could easily be in a Cartier ad.
But make no mistake, none whatsoever: Stalin was a very, very bad guy. Just because he was on our side for a while there during WWII is just a stroke of fate. Stupidity, actually, born of Hitler's attack on the USSR (Hitler was as dumb as a fucking box of hair. In fact, the top guys with the Allies nixed an almost foolproof assassination plot in 1944 because they were terrified that with Hitler gone, someone who actually knew what the fuck he was doing would be running the war. That's a true story, as Al Pacino tells Diane Keaton in The Godfather) propelled him reluctantly into the Allied camp. Do yourselves a favor and read "Stalin," one of the best books I've ever read, and I've read maybe half a million books by now.
But Uncle Joe; he was a bad seed right from square MINUS 1. He probably tortured the bacteria in his mother's womb, he was so bad.
Get a load of this story, one if redone today would horrify the world but back then probably only made "The People's One-Page Quarterly." What happened to the horses alone is enough to make one puke.