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Bloodlands

Europe Between Hitler and Stalin
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: History, 20th Century
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From the best-selling author of On Tyranny, the definitive history of Hitler's and Stalin's wars against the civilians of Europe in World War Two.

Americans call the Second World War "The Good War." But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens - and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war's end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.

Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required listening for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

Bloodlands won 12 awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into more than 30 languages, was named to 12 book-of-the-year lists, and was a best seller in six countries. 

©2010, 2012, 2018 Timothy Snyder (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Snyder...compels us to look squarely at the full range of destruction committed first by Stalin's regime and then by Hitler's Reich.... A comprehensive and eloquent account." (New York Times Book Review)

"A superb work of scholarship, full of revealing detail, cleverly compiled...and in places beautifully written.... Snyder does justice to the horror of his subject through the power of storytelling."(The Sunday Times, London)

"Gripping and comprehensive....Mr. Snyder's book is revisionist history of the best kind: in spare, closely argued prose, with meticulous use of statistics, he makes the reader rethink some of the best-known episodes in Europe's modern history." (Economist)

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Devastatingly urgent and compelling

Snyder gives us urgent and devastating data about the mass killings instituted by Stalin and Hitler in the “Bloodlands” area consisting of Poland, western Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States, and Germany. It is a staggering historical account written in clear and compelling prose. It was hard to put down.

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  • Seattle, WA, US
  • 01-27-19

Humanity lost

This book covers a period of time already known to be a stain on civilization but with new focus. The Bloodlands are a region that could not have been more poorly positioned between two murderous dictators at the height of their power.

The book outlines dismissal of the humanity of an estimated 14,000,000 people and their violent demise at the hands of Hitler and Stalin. In an investigation not well covered in most history books this work by Snyder is at times exceedingly difficult to get through given the visuals his words illuminate.

I listened to this book while commuting and found myself reflecting on the ease of our modern lives wondering how this could have happened as recently as the youth of my grandparents. Not for the faint of heart but a must have for any history connoisseur.

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Chilling

Chilling. Dispassionate. Gripping. Deeply affecting.

Must be read by anyone interested in the human condition, including those who think they already know what happened in Eastern Europe during WW II.

Snyder warns of the tendency to identify with the victims and suggests instead we attempt to identify with the perpetrators.

Stay away if prone to existential depression. (obvious)

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Great book

Highly recommend, uncovered a completely new perspective for me about the unbelievable suffering and death that both Germany and Russia are responsible for. As for the recording itself, the lector butchers pronunciations and there are many noticeable and distracting edits throughout the audiobook. But that shouldn’t stop you from listening to this book.

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A must read!!

A must read and stomach turning account of the atrocities of the dominant powers in Europe during WW2!!

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Why!?!?

This could be a really good book...I’m going to have to read it, though. The bumbling, braying, mush-mouthed performance, which has come to be Ralph Cosham’s signature, makes any story, no matter how good, utterly unlistenable.

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