i learned a fair bit, buts it just gets way too long. you can miss large sections and not feel like anything changed. Yes, it makes you appreciate how bad things got in this area, and gave me a new appreciation for a different aspect/way of looking at this period of history, but could be a lot more succinct. Also the author is pretty full of himself and i would say makes arguments that don't make sense to me...so Auschwitz was both a death camp and a concentration camp, but only the persons that came there as death camp inmmates died, and so the concentration camp portion was not that bad? what kind of sense does that make?
"Sapere Aude" Kant
Yes. The Author tames the hubris with the humanity by showing that Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same murderous coin and their victims deserved to be heard and acknowledged. Many of the books about the events leading up to WWII give mention to the cruelty of these two despots, but they do not drag into the depths of the mud and despair that millions of people suffered due to their ethnicity or religious affiliation. This book is depressing, but necessarily so. We need to remember that the tragedy of any war is the loss of innocent and non combative lives.
Mr. Cosham's tone and inflection were perfect. He made the story "enjoyable" by being able to give the necessary levity to the subject matter.
Yes. I sat in my car in the parking lot at work not wanting to stop listening.
I had a hard time getting through this book, but I knew it would be hard. This story has usually been split between the Nazi crimes and the Soviet crimes. This book ties it together across borders and across the region. The numbers of victims is astonishing and the book moves thru the incidents chronologically which makes it tough to get through. Yet I feel we owe it to the dead to learn of what happened to so very many innocent humans.
Far too detailed. Don't need an account of every death that occured during this time period. The narrator, on the other hand, was exceptional.
Though difficult to listen at times because of the nature of the subject matter, this book covers the harrowing impact of Hitler and Stalin on the civilian populations of Eastern Europe. This history is not well known but should be widely taught.
It written, detailed information, and very informative. In reading/listing to this you will learn parts of Russian history and Nazi history that you did not realize. It delves deeper then just the holocaust. A fascinating yet horrific time of history.
The only complaint I have about the book is some of the descriptions are gory, but then it is a gory time in history and it does drive the circumstances home.
This book explores the darkest places of political extremism. The communists and Nazi out do each other in political terrorism.
No, it was informative but once is enough!
Realizing that Hitler was a novice of brutality compared to Stalin.
If this doesn't depress a person then theres really a problem!
Very well done, but the truth is hard to bear!
In this book you will find a summary of the methods employed by Germany and Russia against the populations under their control. I have studied this era on and off for many decades with focus on the political aspects of the totalitarian practices of era regarding political repression including slavery and murder.
This book is not loaded with what could be considered to be pornographic details but provides a kind of brief summary which may never be exceeded in completeness and brevity. This will give you an overview and provide what you need to know for a reasonably complete understanding.