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Bloodlands Audiobook

Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

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Publisher's Summary

Americans think of World War II as “The Good War”, a moment when the forces of good resoundingly triumphed over evil. Yet the war was not decided by D-day. It was decided in the East, by the Red Army and Joseph Stalin.

While conventional wisdom locates the horrors of World War II in the six million Jews killed in German concentration camps, the reality is even grimmer. In 13 years, the Nazi and Soviet regimes killed 13 million people in the lands between Germany and Russia. The majority of these deaths occurred in Eastern Europe, not Germany.

In the groundbreaking long-view style of Tony Judt and Niall Ferguson, Tim Snyder, one of America’s foremost historians of Eastern Europe, has written a new history of Europe that focuses on the battleground of Eastern Europe, which suffered the worst crimes of Hitler and Stalin. Based upon scholarly literature and primary sources in all of the relevant languages, Bloodlands pays special attention to the sources left by those who were killed: the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries found on corpses.

This is a new kind of European history, one more concerned with suffering than with intention, one that recognizes how stories of progress or victory have excluded the most salient human experience, and one focused on the extreme predicament of the tens of millions of Europeans who found themselves between Hitler and Stalin.

The scale of destruction in the lands between Germany and Russia has eluded historians and baffles the cynicism of our new century, but for these very reasons, Bloodlands offers the way forward to a sensible reconstruction of European history. Ultimately, in Snyder’s matchless telling, the German and Soviet regimes appear not so much as totalitarian twins, but as rivals whose ruthless pursuit of similar goals doomed millions of innocents.

©2010 Timothy Snyder (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A chillingly systematic study of the mass murder mutually perpetrated by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany…. A significant work of staggering figures and scholarship." (Kirkus)

“This is a book which will force its readers to rethink history.” (Norman Davies)

“History of a high order, Bloodlands may also point us towards lessons for our own time.” (Timothy Garton Ash)

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    "Opened my eyes. Great book."

    Good book. It's amazing how little I knew on the subject until I listened to this book.

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    Thomas 10-14-12
    Thomas 10-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    i learned a fair bit, buts it just gets way too long. you can miss large sections and not feel like anything changed. Yes, it makes you appreciate how bad things got in this area, and gave me a new appreciation for a different aspect/way of looking at this period of history, but could be a lot more succinct. Also the author is pretty full of himself and i would say makes arguments that don't make sense to me...so Auschwitz was both a death camp and a concentration camp, but only the persons that came there as death camp inmmates died, and so the concentration camp portion was not that bad? what kind of sense does that make?

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    Michael MILAN, TN, United States 05-04-12
    Michael MILAN, TN, United States 05-04-12

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The Author tames the hubris with the humanity by showing that Hitler and Stalin were two sides of the same murderous coin and their victims deserved to be heard and acknowledged. Many of the books about the events leading up to WWII give mention to the cruelty of these two despots, but they do not drag into the depths of the mud and despair that millions of people suffered due to their ethnicity or religious affiliation. This book is depressing, but necessarily so. We need to remember that the tragedy of any war is the loss of innocent and non combative lives.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Cosham's tone and inflection were perfect. He made the story "enjoyable" by being able to give the necessary levity to the subject matter.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I sat in my car in the parking lot at work not wanting to stop listening.


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    Jeremy 09-06-17
    Jeremy 09-06-17
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    "Important and eloquent book"
    Would you listen to Bloodlands again? Why?

    Yes; because though it's impossible ever fully to digest so much suffering, this is one story which it is truly crucial that we never forget. Human nature has not changed, and what history we ignore we are doomed to repeat. We now have the technology to inflict far worse, far faster, but are we wiser? Accuracy, systematic documentation, and faithful, humane scholarship can only do so much, but it is the best we have as a species. It is so much better than slogans, callousness, and, ultimately, murder on an unimaginable scale.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bloodlands?

    Ukrainian schoolchildren, in the course of being malevolently and systematically starved by their own leaders, go fishing, only to pull up the severed head of a schoolmate -- murdered for his flesh -- maybe by his own family -- impossible to know -- and in a land where everyone was dying anyway, barely worth of remark. Just one illustration of what happens when you turn a whole nation into a starvation camp, ban human movement, ban journalists, pamper the demagogue, and put political Loyalty before justice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a very sobering and timely account of an Orwellian era. It made me value our Constitutional freedoms more than I ever have, and realize that their vital purpose is to protect us from the worst in human nature.


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph Cosham the narrator is superb as always.

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    Diane A. Bates Kenmore, WA United States 07-06-17
    Diane A. Bates Kenmore, WA United States 07-06-17 Member Since 2015
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    everyone needs to read this if anything for the cannibalism also so people could realize how awesome their life is

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    "Lots o Death and Mayhem"

    killing death starvation mass murder with a large dose of death. Little rough to get through, but has a thesis I've never heard of considered. worth the read if you don't mind feeling a little misanthropic afterward.

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    Wanderer San Antonio, TX USA 05-30-17
    Wanderer San Antonio, TX USA 05-30-17 Member Since 2014

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    "After Hannah Arendt read Timothy Snyder"

    After Arendt explained the mindsets and processes of Hitler and Stalin, Snyder reveals the actual historical details of what they did. This book shreds decades of propaganda and misinterpretations to accurately show what was done both by the Nazis Soviets.

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    Trevor 05-24-17
    Trevor 05-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb"

    Although the subject matter is sometimes distressing this book is a must read /listen if you're interested in the history of Hitler, Stalin and the 2nd World War, highly recommended

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    Stewart 05-21-17
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    "A must read"

    Essential to understanding how we came to where we are today. Should be taught in school.

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    A User 04-10-17
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    "Dry and tedious, although shocking facts."

    Try and tedious, although shocking facts. I got lost in the numbers, and who killed who win

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