• Stalin's War: A New History of World War II
  • Stalin's War: A New History of World War II
  • Stalin's War: A New History of World War II
  • Stalin's War: A New History of World War II
ISBN: 1541672798
EAN13: 9781541672796
Language: English
Release Date: Apr 20, 2021
Pages: 864
Dimensions: 3" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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A prize-winning historian reveals how Stalin--not Hitler--was the animating force of World War I in this major new history.

World War I endures in the popular imagination as a heroic struggle between good and evil, with villainous Hitler driving its events. But Hitler was not in power when the conflict erupted in Asia--and he was certainly dead before it ended. His armies did not fight in multiple theaters, his empire did not span the Eurasian continent, and he did not inherit any of the spoils of war. That central role belonged to Joseph Stalin. The Second World War was not Hitler's war; it was Stalin's war.

Drawing on ambitious new research in Soviet, European, and US archives, Stalin's War revolutionizes our understanding of this global conflict by moving its epicenter to the east. Hitler's genocidal ambition may have helped unleash Armageddon, but as McMeekin shows, the war which emerged in Europe in September 1939 was the one Stalin wanted, not Hitler. So, too, did the Pacific war of 1941-1945 fulfill Stalin's goal of unleashing a devastating war of attrition between Japan and the Anglo-Saxon capitalist powers he viewed as his ultimate adversary.

McMeekin also reveals the extent to which Soviet Communism was rescued by the US and Britain's self-defeating strategic moves, beginning with Lend-Lease aid, as American and British supply boards Read More chevron_right

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   Fantastic read, skilled writer
I am very familiar with this era but the author constantly brings in new and incisive information. Very readable.
   Strategy and spies
A wise man recently said that he studies data and does not summaries or conclusions, according to The Age. The volume of data in this book is mind-boggling. The vanity and naveté of FDR are on full display here, and we are paying the price to this day. The arrogance of all the involved elites echo in today's world. This book is so well-written that it is a page-turner. I am wiser, but sadder as a result of this knowledge.
I was browsing in Branes and Noble. I mostly purchase books through Amazon, but the thesis intrigued me and I returned several times and got through perhaps a third of the book. It was obvious to me after the first few chapters that I didn't want to provide the author with pecuniary compensation, he said. Stalin was a very sick man, but it is apparent from what I read that the author has his own problems with which to deal. I feel for him.
   Stalin Won WWII
Interesting look at WWII. The British and Americans funded the war with Germany and Japan, allowing him to create a Communist Block if countries but saving British and American lives.
   Excellent book
This explains how the Nazi's advanced so quickly in Russia in the Barossabar campaign better than any book I have read yet. Also, the way Joe Stalin took advantage of naive Allies is very instructive for anyone trying to understand history.
   The politics behind the events
Many of the books reviewed by The Age were written by noted historians. Based on new sources, including Soviet files, this book lays out the meetings, discussions and correspondence between leaders and key players that drove events. It fills in the gaps that are in most of the histories I have read. Anyone who has a better understanding of the power politics of that day will find much to enjoy.
   A good analysis of a confusing aspect of history
History aside, this is a good description of the complex motivations of Stalin leading up to World War II. It is definitely difficult to read Stalin's duplicity to friends and allies before, during and following the purge. hostilities begin. Amazing in support of Stalin's master plan to have the allies and Germany exhaust each other prior to the Soviet Union entering the conflict.
   A honest look at Western appeasement of Stalin
I enjoyed reading this book a lot. It offers a fresh new look at how Roosevelt and Churchill were duped into creating a new monster to combat the old one. Author's ideas might not fit well with people believing in official version of the history written by the victors but Me Mcekin supports his thesis with ample documentation.
   Extremely biased view
Extremely view although thoroughly researched Need to take his arguments with a HUGE PILE of salt Many key facts are wrong.
   Real History
All one has know about this book is that as usual the left wing liberals are screaming because someone like this author finally told the truth about King Roosevelt....