Much of what is said in the book should by now be common knowledge - the barbarity of the Eastern Front and Stalin's and Hitler's crimes. On the other hand, the book is an easy listen and the writing is personal and witty. Simon Vance does an excellent job as a narrator. The organization of the book is somewhat disconcerting, as the author first offers a short synopsis of the war, mainly from the Eastern Front point of view, and then goes on to dissect several aspects of the conflict, sometimes in minute and often repetitive details. The book is full of facts and figures. I bought the paperback edition just for the notes and bibliography. On the other hand, I was bothered by small mistakes that cast doubt of the veracity of some of the sources. For example, Vlasov was hung with 11 others at the Lubyanka, not shot. The Amber Room was at Catherine's Palace at Tsarskoye Selo, not at Peterhof Palace. At any rate, I did enjoyed listening to the book and recommend it to others, in particular those who wish to have a more balanced view of the war.
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