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.
There is nothing enjoyable about mass slaughter. The understanding of why it happened and who carried it out, from a historical perspective, was enlightening
Any book comparing killing on an enormous scale brought about by psychotic leaders
When I finished it and it all sunk in. I then went to Poland with a new insight as to Polish history
Not for the faint of heart
I'm listening to Proust now. Always on the lookout for a good zombie, horror, or sci-fi book. Like books on writing, history, travel.
We tend to think of Hitler and Germany to their west, but Ukraine and Belarus got it bad from both sides. Hard to believe what humans can do to each other. Well-researched, well-narrated.
This book is graphic and disturbing, but so was mass murder of millions during WWII. There are several stories that are sad and poignant.
Be prepared to challenge your pre-conceived notions of WWII. This book will change your perceptions of the magnitude of the lives lost in both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. It will also show that Hitler actually killed more people than Stalin did and that prison camps on both sides were not necessarily a death sentence.
short, fat, and stupid.
Reads like a spreadsheet of war crimes and there statistics. The first part of the book was very hard to get through, however it became easier and easier. Wasnt my favorite book but I am very glad I listened to it. It gave me a real feal as to the gravity and scale of the Soviet and German crimes.
No. I never reread books.
The post-war follow-up on how Stalin rewrote European history.
Steady. Handled a ton of numbers in a straight forward manner. Unemotional without being monotone or flat.
No. The subject is just too big - wide and deep.
The only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history.
I've read several books on both theatres of war. This was unique due to its focus on the victims -both of Stalin and Hitler.
Unlike the Pacific war, the battle in Europe was one of several ethnicities, religious beliefs and a staggering amount of leaders and methodologies. This book brought the all the nuance together.
Painful to listen to what with all the inhumanity on exhibit. And, the numbers are just overwhelming.
From the sometimes poetic, often homeric, always impressive writing, to the profound turns of phrase, to the illuminating and exhaustive research into the events and the period, to the deeply insightful interpretation of human motivation, action, and psychology, this book far and away transcends most historical narratives and achieves insights far deeper and far more enlightening than any I've read or listened to before. The performance is equal to the subject matter and the writing. The narrator captures the tone brilliantly. You can read other reviews and capsules to get a sense of subject matter; there’s no need to go into it here. In my view, to listen to or read this book is to gain an understanding not just of some of the most horrible events in history, but of what makes us human. It’s not just a book; it’s an experience.