Stalin's Generals by William J. Spahr
The men who led the Red Army to victory in the Great Patriotic War.
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I enjoyed this book. It starts after the Revolution and ends with the victory of Stalingrad. It shows how Stalin used the military against the peasants and pays tribute to peasant leaders. He shows how the military coped with the purges and the stresses of trying to develop an officer trainning system and an industrial base for a military arsenal without a comprehensive plan, which was worsened by Stalin's paranoid meglomania. The book is orderly and logical which makes it easy to understand. The horror of this system is show. Spahr has a style that makes me feel the agony of sailors that were locked inside battleships and gassed because they had protested the sufferings of their families in the new state. I saw how the Poles invaded the new Russia, and helped cause the communist paranoia of capitalist countries. I was amazed how Zhukov had a chance to develop in the east, and I held my breath as Budenny's cavalry managed to be in the right place in the right time. I was hard put to put this book down. I've used this book several times as a source for term papers that received excellent grades.