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June 1941: Hitler and Stalin

June 1941: Hitler and Stalin

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by John Lukacs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300123647

ISBN-13: 9780300123647

Pub. Date: 06/28/2007

Publisher: Yale University Press

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300123647
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
788,068
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


Limitations. Acknowledgments     ix
A Historical Perspective     1
Hitler and Stalin
Hitler     7
Stalin     43
The Twenty-Second of June
Berlin     89
Moscow     95
London     101
Washington - and Across the World     109
Unintended Consequences
The Immediate Crisis     117
Unintended Consequences     129
Appendix
The Mystery of Hitler's "Letter" and the Courier Plane     147
Documents, Books, and Articles Consulted     159
Index     165

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June 1941: Hitler and Stalin 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DonJ More than 1 year ago
My son-in-law, for whom I purchased this book, thoroughly enjoyed. He's a fan of military history, especially European theatre.