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 like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
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.
This is an absolutely illuminating performance. Though the amount of dates, historical figures, and facts would ordinarily make for a burdensome audio, Snyder's brilliant writing and Cosham's wonderful narration bring to life the terrible period of East European history. I found myself as engaged with this book as I would any work of nonfiction, sympathizing with the victims, visualizing their plight, and yearning to hear more. This is easily one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to
Yes, if they like the History Eastern Europe and Hitler and Stalin's impact on the area.
Mao-The Untold Story. It has a lot of the same tragedy but in a different location.
If you are interested in the impact of Stalin and Hitler on the area between Russia and Germany and the devastation wrought on these people you'll like this book. It gives a different perspective to WWII and the early Cold War era. It gives more ammunition to the discrediting of Communism and Fascism. Not uplifting but powerful.
definitely my best audible experience so far. so much has been forgotten or not reported in the u.s. about stalin's famine in the ukraine and poland compared to all we know about hitler's misdeeds.
fluid delivery and compassion for the people afflicted by the tyranny.
horror, incredulity made me cry.
This is a part of our modern history of which we have almost no understanding. This book documents those underlying events that most historians bypass or gloss over. Unfortunately that author crosses his own path several times in the book with the effect of extending the the story to the point that I felt I was listening to the same events told from several angles. The end result was that I have been unable to finish this importand piece of history; perhaps another day.