June 1941: Hitler and Stalin

June 1941: Hitler and Stalin

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by John Lukacs
     
 

This brilliant new work by the author of the best-selling Five Days in London, May 1940 is an unparalleled drama of two great leaders confronting each other in June 1941. It describes Hitler and Stalin’s strange, calculating, and miscalculating relationship before the German invasion of Soviet Russia, with its gigantic (and unintended) consequences.

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This brilliant new work by the author of the best-selling Five Days in London, May 1940 is an unparalleled drama of two great leaders confronting each other in June 1941. It describes Hitler and Stalin’s strange, calculating, and miscalculating relationship before the German invasion of Soviet Russia, with its gigantic (and unintended) consequences. John Lukacs questions many long-held beliefs; he suggests, for example, that among other things Hitler’s first purpose involved England: if Stalin’s Communist Russia were to be defeated, Hitler’s Third Reich would be well-nigh invincible, and the British and American peoples would be forced to rethink the war against Hitler. 
 
The book offers penetrating insights and a new portrait of Hitler and Stalin, moved by their long-lasting inclinations. Yet among other things, Lukacs presents evidence that Hitler (rather than his generals) had moments of dark foreboding before the invasion. Stalin could not, because he wished not, believe that Hitler would choose the risk of a two-front war by attacking him; he was stunned and shocked and came close to a breakdown. But he recovered, grew into a statesman, and eventually became a prime victor of the Second World War. Such are the ironies of history; John Lukacs paints them with a shining narrative skill.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300123647
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1A historical perspective1
Pt. IHitler and Stalin
2Hitler7
3Stalin43
Pt. IIThe twenty-second of June
4Berlin89
5Moscow95
6London101
7Washington - and across the world109
Pt. IIIUnintended consequences
8The immediate crisis117
9Unintended consequences129
AppThe mystery of Hitler's "letter" and the courier plane147

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