Stalin looked at his visitor. His visitor looked at the ceiling. Said Stalin: "Don't look at the ceiling. You won't find the answer there. Better look at me and say what you think."
The visitor was Planemaker Alexander Yakovlev, designer of the wicked fighting plane YAK, and it was the first of many sessions with No.1. Last week Moscow's Pioneer ran Yakovlev's intimate reminiscences of Stalin as a man of precepts.
Sample Stalin maxims:
¶If you think you are right, and can tell the reasons why, do not worry over what
people will think. Do what your head and conscience dictate.
¶If you cannot say...