Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives

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Forty years after his Hitler: A Study in Tyranny set a standard for scholarship of the Nazi era, Lord Alan Bullock gives readers a breathtakingly accomplished dual biography that places Adolf Hitler's origins, personality, career, and legacy alongside those of Joseph Stalin—his implacable antagonist and moral mirror image.

Forty years after his Hitler: A Study in Tyranny set a standard for scholarship of the Nazi era, Lord Alan Bullock gives readers a breathtakingly...

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Overview

Forty years after his Hitler: A Study in Tyranny set a standard for scholarship of the Nazi era, Lord Alan Bullock gives readers a breathtakingly accomplished dual biography that places Adolf Hitler's origins, personality, career, and legacy alongside those of Joseph Stalin—his implacable antagonist and moral mirror image.

Forty years after his Hitler: A Study in Tyranny set a standard for scholarship of the Nazi era, Lord Alan Bullock gives readers a breathtakingly accomplished dual biography that places Adolf Hitler's origins, personality, career, and legacy alongside those of Joseph Stalin--his implacable antagonist and moral mirror image.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The lives of, arguably, the 20th century's most evil dictators unfold in tandem in this continually absorbing masterpiece of historical exposition and the biographer's art, a History Book Club main selection in cloth. (Sept.)
Library Journal
This is a huge and masterful dual biography of two of the most monstrous personalities of this century. Bullock, whose Hitler: A Study in Tyranny LJ 2/15/64 truly deserves its designation as a classic, has produced a smoothly written study of how these two lives ran parallel and how they intertwined to affect the lives of millions in the first half of this century. One would expect Bullock to know Hitler, but his grasp of Stalin and his times is also impressive. In chapters alternately dealing with Hitler and then Stalin, Bullock analyzes how each man achieved and then used power for his own twisted goals. It is chilling to realize that both men rose within legitimate institutions, each ``playing the game'' by the established rules. Hitler's evil empire collapsed with his death, Stalin's would live on to haunt the Soviet Union for decades. Essential for anyone seeking to understand the history of the West in this century. Highly recommended. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/91.-- Ed Goedeken, Purdue Univ. Libs., West Lafayette, Ind.
Kirkus Reviews
A masterpiece by Bullock (Ernest Bevin, 1984, etc.) that covers some of the most devastating events—as well as two of the most terrible personalities—of our century with breathtaking analytical power and narrative sweep. One of the most fruitful aspects of this dual biography is to reveal, for all the differences between Hitler and Stalin, how much they had in common. The differences were mainly in personality: Stalin the great calculator, Hitler the gambler; Stalin the master of bureaucracy, Hitler the artist-politician, hating routine; Stalin the sly, political Houdini, Hitler the charismatic leader. But their similarities were perhaps more significant. Both were guilty of crimes against humanity on a scale unprecedented in history: Like the Jews in Germany, peasant farmers in the Soviet Union were members of an outlawed class denied all human rights. The corruption in the heart of Nazism, according to Bullock, lay in its ends; in Communism, in its means. Neither Hitler nor Stalin, he believes, was mad. Both were entirely serious about their historic roles, the author says; skeptical about the motives of others, their cynicism stopped short of their own. But Hitler, at the end, was close to insanity; and Stalin had all the symptoms associated with paranoia—chronic suspicion, self-absorption, jealousy, hypersensitivity, and megalomania. Both men brought unprecedented suffering on their own people; the difference, Bullock notes, is that defeat exacted a terrible price from the German people, but at least spared them the continuation of Nazism, while victory cost the Russian people even more—but did not liberate them. A magnificent history, accessible andoften moving. Bullock's mastery of research sources, his judgment, and his analytic powers prove him one of the great historians of our time. (Seventy-one photographs and 18 maps—not seen.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679729945
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Vintage Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1152
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.93 (h) x 2.22 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note to the Reader
Introduction
1 Origins 3
Stalin: 1879-1899, birth to age 19
Hitler: 1889-1908, birth to age 19
2 Experience 18
Stalin: 1899-1917, age 19-37
Hitler: 1908-1918, age 19-29
3 October Revolution, November Putsch 49
Stalin: 1917-1918, age 37-38
Hitler: 1918-1923, age 29-34
4 The General Secretary 92
Stalin: 1918-1924, age 38-44
5 The Creation of the Nazi Party 135
Hitler: 1924-1930, age 35-41
6 Lenin's Successor 174
Stalin: 1924-1929, age 44-50
7 Hitler Within Sight of Power 216
Hitler: 1930-1933, age 41-43
8 Stalin's Revolution 256
Stalin: 1928-1934, age 48-55
9 Hitler's Revolution 306
Hitler: 1933-1934, age 43-45
10 Stalin and Hitler Compared 347
Hitler and Stalin: late 1934
11 The Fuhrer State 423
Hitler: 1934-1938, age 45-49
12 The Revolution, Like Saturn, Devours Its Children 461
Stalin: 1934-1939, age 54-59
13 1918 Revoked 517
Hitler and Stalin: 1934-1938
Hitler: age 44-49, Stalin: age 54-59
14 The Nazi-Soviet Pact 564
Hitler and Stalin: March 1938-August 1939
Hitler: age 48-50, Stalin: age 58-59
15 Hitler's War 632
Hitler and Stalin: 1939-1941
Hitler: age 50-52, Stalin: age 59-62
16 Hitler's New Order 693
Hitler and Stalin: 1939-1942
Hitler: age 50-53, Stalin: age 59-63
17 Stalin's War 784
Hitler and Stalin: 1943-1944
Hitler: age 53-55, sTALIN: age 63-65
18 Hitler's Defeat 846
Hitler and Stalin: 1944-1945
Hitler: age 55-56, Stalin: age 64-65
19 Stalin's New Order 894
Stalin: 1945-1953, age 65-73
20 Perspective 970
1930-1990
Appendices 981
Notes 993
Abbreviations and Glossary 1027
Selected Bibliography 1035
Index 1059
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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    A most profound historical biography book.

    This tome is one of the most profound studies on two historical figures. Its delves in-depth into the similar biographies of Hitler and Stalin the world's most evil, genocidal dictators of the 20th century. It reads like a novel and is riveting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2005

    Now THIS is a history book!

    Uncanny parallels between the lives of the two greatest tyrants of the 20th Century are but one characteristic of this immaculately researched, exhaustive work. A must-read for anyone interested in Totalitarianism in the 20th Century.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2002

    WHAT A STUNNER

    Well i thought that it began very well and had you interested from the opening line. You need this in a book and A.Bullock does it so well and I hoped that the next line kept me going. And it did. Hitler's name brings shock, horror and a pain felt throughout. Stalin does this similarily but I must question whether the author is more simpatetic to Stalin than to Hitler. The part that influenced me was the last chapter and the opening paragraph. It basically sums up every thought why reading this book and I would certainly recommend it to anyone with a love for horses and rabbits.

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