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1941: The Year Germany Lost the War

Narrated by: Michael David Axtell
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
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Best-selling historian Andrew Nagorski takes a fresh look at the decisive year 1941, when Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance that defeated Nazi Germany.

In early 1941, Hitler’s armies ruled most of Europe. Churchill’s Britain was an isolated holdout against the Nazi tide, but German bombers were attacking its cities, and German U-boats were attacking its ships. Stalin was observing the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Roosevelt was vowing to keep the US out of the war. Hitler was confident his aim of total victory was within reach.

By the end of 1941, all that changed. Hitler had repeatedly gambled on escalation and lost: by invading the Soviet Union and committing a series of disastrous military blunders; by making mass murder and terror his weapons of choice; and by rushing to declare war on the US after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Britain emerged with two powerful new allies - Russia and the US. By then, Germany was doomed to defeat. 

Nagorski illuminates the actions of the major characters of this pivotal year as never before. The Year Germany Lost the War is a stunning examination of unbridled megalomania versus determined leadership. It also reveals how 1941 set the Holocaust in motion and presaged the postwar division of Europe, triggering the Cold War. The year 1941 forever defined our world. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Andrew Nagorski (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Interesting but problematic

“1941” is and interesting book but is problematic in its assertions.

The detail of the events and the research is evident. I have done substantial reading in this area and found this I was unaware of. This is enough to recommend it.

However, it first relies a bit to much on post war German General writings. Most of these follow the format of “if Hitler would of just listen to us Generals, we would have won”. This is not even close to the case. The blame should be shared a bit more equally.

Second, he makes some grand strategic assertions about going for Moscow that are at least questionable. The logistics were doubtful, and Moscow was not necessarily the center of gravity for the Soviet Union. A lot of this originally comes from the first point about German Generals shifting blame.

Finally, he really dislikes the Soviet Union. He even alludes to historic family reasons for this. I am not in anyway defending one of the worlds most horrific regimes. He just can’t separate himself from the full history of the Soviet Union and Stalin to be more fair in the judgement of the interpretation of historical actors and there decisions.

But as long as you keep this in mind, the book is certainly worth the read for most of the content.

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Excellent history about WW II

Highly recommended if you are a WW II reader. Gave a background regarding WWII and also the beginning of the Cold War. Both sides made many many errors.
Illustration of the insanity of both Hitler and Stalin. You gain an understanding-of why many Russians are so bitter.