John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. Although the Eastern Front was the biggest and most important theater in World War II, it is not well known in the United States, as no American troops participated in the fighting. Yet historians agree that this is where the decisive battles of the war were fought.
The conventional wisdom about the Eastern Front is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.
Mosier's history of the Eastern Front will generate considerable controversy, both because of his unconventional arguments and because he criticizes historians who have accepted Soviet facts and interpretations. Mosier argues that Soviet accounts are utterly untrustworthy and that accounts relying on them are fantasies. Deathride argues that the war in the East was Hitler's to lose, that Stalin was in grave jeopardy from the outset of the war, and that it was the Allied victories in North Africa and consequent threat to Italy that forced Hitler to change his plans and saved Stalin from near-certain defeat. Stalin's only real triumph was in creating a legend of victory.
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"With every mistake we must surely be - learning?"
Definitively adept book that covers the period 1941 to 1945
There is little left to the imagination. Mosier shows comparisons for and against strategies deployed by both Stalin and Hitler.
Mosier is great at showing both leaders attempt to get the open hand on each other politically as well as on the battlefield.
The books on the murderous machinations of Charles Manson were about anarchic drugged up mayhem in the hippy world of Oz of the late '60's. It was all decadence, perversion and madness. Imagine now a different world where 2 of the most powerful leaders were just as wacko as Manson but highly disciplined, extremely ruthless and would stop at nothing to see their dreams (your nightmares) realized upon an ocean of blood and suffering. One wins, the other dies in the ruins of one of Europe's great cities. The empire that the winner led comes crashing down 60 years later.
This is a sort of alternative history of WW2. There is a lot of strategic analysis and the scope is vast. The narrator reads in a matter-of-fact voice which is most suitable to the subject matter, grisly and awesome as it is.
If you think your life is tough now - listen to this, and give praise to the Lord for being born is calmer times. Living in the Soviet Empire or the Nazi Empire would have been living life in a meat grinder, not to mention the mountain of lies that each were built on. Western civilization could have been over run by either of these empires, lucky for us a leader came along who understood the threat and was up to the task of taking them both on. God bless you Winny!
Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!
I've listened to scores of books (not all from Audible), and this has to be the worst narration I've come across. The flat monotone and irritating timbre of the reader--not to speak of the jarring patches that intermittently change the volume--make it impossible for me to get through the book. The narrator projects some life into the reading only when quoting from this or that Russian, French, or German military figure. The quotes are delivered in English, but with an accent that's vaguely reminiscent of the quotee's native language. It's bizarre and awful, but at least there's some intonation in these quotes. The rest of the reading sounds as if it were generated by computer. My advice to anyone interested in the topic is to skip this audio and read the book instead.
Soviet centered book with glances on Hitler.
Interesting views on Stalin and the Soviet Union, Author concentrates on debunking Soviet and Stalinist clams of victory and glory during the Second World War. Also covers before and after the war.
Overall I did enjoy it this book as it covers things that happened on the other side of the Eastern Front.
Maybe not so much hate towards the Soviets, felt like the author really tired to make Hitler less hated then Stalin. I still think Stalin was a pretty bad guy, but the author really went out of his way to bash on him.
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