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Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, chancellor of Germany, and führer of Nazi Germany. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland and was central to the Holocaust. 

Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting Pan-Germanism, anti-Semitism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. He frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as being part of a Jewish conspiracy.

Inside, you’ll learn about:

  • Adolf’s paternal and maternal roots
  • A troubled childhood
  • Joined the forces of World War I
  • Chancellor Hitler
  • Night of the long knives
  • Fuhrer Hitler
  • World War II and full effect
  • The end is nigh
  • And much more!

Initially presiding over an oligarchic one-party regime that governed by plurality, Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili became the de facto dictator of the Soviet Union. Joseph Stalin raised funds for Vladimir Lenin's Bolshevik faction via robberies, kidnappings, and protection rackets. Repeatedly arrested, he underwent several internal exiles.

To eradicate those regarded as "enemies of the working class", Stalin instituted the "Great Purge" in which over a million were imprisoned and at least 700,000 were executed from 1934 to 1939. In 1939, Stalin's government signed a non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany. Germany ended the pact by invading the Soviet Union in 1941. The Soviet Red Army halted the German incursion and captured Berlin in 1945, ending World War II in Europe.

Inside, you’ll learn about:

  • From Georgia with rage
  • Winds of change begin to blow
  • Warfare
  • Purges
  • The great terror
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • Victory and aftermath
  • Cold War
  • All things must end
  • And much more!
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What listeners say about Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin: Two Predator Leaders. The Biography Collection

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Excellent book

Hitler and Stalin managed to gain positions of absolute power over their respective countries. Hitler and Stalin lies in the men's complete lack of anything that could appropriately be described as human feeling or comparison. To both, as Bullock says, other people were simply objects to be manipulated or obstacles to be eliminated. To Stalin the objective was getting and keeping power, to Hilter achieving his wild dreams of a German empire, with neither goal leaving any room for consideration of others. It seems to be this one characteristic, above all others, that Bullock sees as motivating the two dictators' action.

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computer voice? really?

content was okay. But sounds like being read by a computer. not a fan of the whole computer sounding voice. I was hoping for more details. this is extremely generalized, with very few specifics.

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Hitler was better than Stalin

It would have been better if the narrator cake even close on pronouncing Russian names.

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Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting Pan-Germanism, anti-Semitism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. He frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as being part of a Jewish conspiracy.

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Best informative.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. An interesting and a valuable learning tool. All of them were fascinating and I've read book after book on each (I'm a history buff) but the information on Patton was new to me. Especially what he did to those poor refugees from the concentration camps.

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Fantastic

A solid book with some interesting photos during the early years of eastern front combat during World War Two. I have never seen any of these photos before which was refreshing. Most of the photos seemed to be from the Soviet side which I did not mind. If you are interested in the eastern front during World War Two then I recommend this book.

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Best informative.

This book "Hitler And Stalin" is truly a historical book. It will open your eyes to the character of both persons. If you are interested in the history of this time period this is the book to complete your study. You cannot not truly understand WWII without a knowledge of these persons. Great interest.

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good one

Incredible, detailed, and brilliant look at these two men who were responsible for the deaths of more than 50 million people.

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Great learn

The “parallel” is not a writer’s gimmick. You’ll see that it’s essential. If you only had 5 books to listen about the 20th century, this must be one of them. It’s that great.

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Wonderful time passed

Just because racism's unpleasant doesn't give you the power to call into being a new set of facts. In the end, and with special regard to one particular tribe, experience is eventually going to correct your youthful idealism. Don't get swindled out of your money by the shallow and the predatory in the learning process like I did.

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  • 02-04-21

The narration is awful

The story I am sure is very informative, unfortunately the narration sounds computer generated. Some harder to pronounce names/words are mumbled and the flow of the sentence breaks in random places. It is incredibly hard to absorb any of the information because of this.

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  • Ebbe
  • 03-09-19

Superb

This is an excellent book on a difficult subject. With so many books on or about this subject it is always difficult to find one that covers it so comprehensively and especially as it is a truncated version of their biography it certainly does not seem so. Excellent information on Hitler's and Stalin early life and influences much of which I had not read about before all the way up to his last days in the bunker which is covered with good detail using sources close to the final days in the bunker. All in all a very good listen. Highly recommended.

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  • Barton
  • 03-09-19

Interesting

The book also brings forth the fact that both Stalin and Hitler had many eager followers that often exceeded their orders in imposing terror and killing people. While this phenomenon does not absolve the evil dictators of their crimes it is also points out the darker sides of human nature that often come into play and, maybe, we should pay more attention to the latter forces than to whoever happens to be their leader. The modern parallel seems to be the excessive focus on bin-Ladden rather than the factors that make certain people flock to his cause.

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  • Dailud
  • 03-09-19

A good time passed


An excellent book, the second volume in the series, whose great strength is in clarifying a key point often overlooked. Yes, Stalin was suspicious of others, but the Terror and literal destruction of much of Soviet governance was not because he was crazy or a "monster" but because he was a true believer, a dedicated communist who was, in fact, acting in accordance with communist ideology and the precedents set by Lenin. He did what he did in a fashion that demonstrated he was completely in control of both himself and the Soviet state - things happened when he wanted them to and they stopped when he wanted them to.

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  • Janson
  • 03-09-19

Well

Stalin, and Hitler, Robert Gellately, the Earl Ray Professor of History at Florida State University, has written a sobering and chilling account of the unspeakable terror visited upon Europe, and indeed upon the entire world, during the first half of the 20th century.

The years between 1914 and 1945 witnessed World War I, the Russian revolution and the triumph of Bolshevism, the Great Depression, the dictatorships of the Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler, World War II, the genocide of the Holocaust, and the construction of the Gulag. Great listen.

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  • Stave
  • 03-09-19

I would definitely recommend this book!

I've always wanted to about Hitler and Stalin to learn about them as men, but also what the world circumstances were like during that time to allow two such vicious and evil people obtain so much power. This book allowed me to do that without investing hours and hours reading multiple books on the subject. It did a good job of illustrating how they both came into power and compared their two different styles of ruthlessness. Even though it got a little tedious at times it was still a good read and I now feel I have a much better understanding of what they were like and what happened.