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Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

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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.

©2010 John Mosier (P)2010 Tantor

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    WW1 Researcher 04-10-17
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    "Very good"
    What made the experience of listening to Deathride the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy most of Mosier's work. I find his analysis of things very compelling and it seems to answer a lot of questions that traditional history leaves unanswered. That said hard core Soviet/Stalin-philes will not like this work. I can say it bothers to answer questions that nobody thought to ask. Its a delicate walk when you are trying to analyze two of the worst human beings in history and Mosier does a pretty good job. Traditional historians don't really love Mosier and I can only speculate as to why, he does attempt to challenge the prevailing theses about the Eastern Front, and the lying and double-talk involved.

    Most tend to focus on Hitler's blunders but, I can cite several specifics Mosier articulates that are generally ignored by East Front historians:

    1. Soviet falsification of production numbers.
    2. Inherent weaknesses in Nazi Germany's Military machine.
    3. Flaws in German High Command's Strategic thinking.
    4. Why Stalingrad? (It was not a symbolic pissing contest of Stalin's namesake city).
    5. Hitler was a better strategic thinker than originally given credit for.
    6. Stalin's military meddling/blundering was responsible for many thousands of lost Soviet troops.
    7. Would the fall of Moscow have won the war with the Soviets? Probably not.
    8. The critical impact of Lend-Lease and of British and American equipment transfusions into the Soviet Union.


    Mosier does have a tendency to overbeat his facts and thesis, so occasionally it feels more like a sermon, than a historical work, but if you look past this flaw its a compelling work.

    Overall it is well worth the listen/read.


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    Jerre Brimer Mobile, AL 05-18-16
    Jerre Brimer Mobile, AL 05-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "too much anti-Russian bias"

    while no fan of Stalin, who certainly was evil to the core, I still found the author's obvious bias to be too repetitive. He succeeded in making Hitler look like a genius while Stalin was never right. Actually, everything Russian was cast in s negative light at every opportunity

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    abulbulian 04-30-16
    abulbulian 04-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing, a real eye opener"

    For it's length best east front book I've read. Wish more historians did their research

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    Joseph S. Micallef 07-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Need more john mosier on audible"

    Excellent all around - thought provoking- author has many other related books out in paper and electronic book- but really limited audio selections on audible - or anywhere else. Listening to this leaves me wanting more.

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    Molly 10-03-14
    Molly 10-03-14

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    "Close up LOOK at the EASTERN front in WW2 3 STARS"

    PLOT: BREAKDOWN of the battles on the EASTERN front of World War 2.

    This gives us very "detailed" breakdown of the Battles on the EASTERN FRONT in WW2 including "numbers" of soldiers, weapons and ideology. You really "have" to be interested in this battle area to listen to the whole thing. I like the details but this is very long and even at times tedious. But the interesting DECEIT of the actual breakdown and how very well both Stalin and Hitler "manipulated" the actual numbers of soldiers and weapons for propaganda purposes. And the Mindset of both Hitler and Stalin are both fascinating. The reader is good but this book is way too long. I give it 3 stars for a close up look of the EASTERN front in World War 2 and also we can see how the influx of American weapons and trucks helped change the Russian ability to fight the Germans.

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    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 07-27-12
    Paul Mcgraw Lawrenceville, GA USA 07-27-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "A Must For Military History Buffs"

    Well researched and logically presented fresh analysis of the Eastern Front will be a treat for any military history buff. For example, Mosier makes a logical case that the real "turning point" on the Eastern Front came not at Stalingrad, but because Hitler was forced to move crucial forces from the Eastern Front to the west to counter moves by Great Britain and the United States. The factual review of casualty totals and forces available to both combatants was very informative, reflects the most recent data available, and provided enormous insight into understanding what really happened on the Eastern Front.

    The naration is very good for a serious academic history. Clear, easily understood, and without distractions.

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    Andrew Sydney, Australia 05-13-12
    Andrew Sydney, Australia 05-13-12

    "With every mistake we must surely be - learning?"

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    "A Great well researched book"
    If you could sum up Deathride in three words, what would they be?

    Definitively adept book that covers the period 1941 to 1945


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is little left to the imagination. Mosier shows comparisons for and against strategies deployed by both Stalin and Hitler.


    Any additional comments?

    Mosier is great at showing both leaders attempt to get the open hand on each other politically as well as on the battlefield.

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    George Converse, TX, United States 02-03-12
    George Converse, TX, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Should be called STALIN DEATHRIDE"
    If you could sum up Deathride in three words, what would they be?

    Soviet centered book with glances on Hitler.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deathride?

    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.


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

    Overall I did enjoy it this book as it covers things that happened on the other side of the Eastern Front.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrey Kirkland, WA, United States 02-01-12
    Andrey Kirkland, WA, United States 02-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Bashing Hater"
    What would have made Deathride better?

    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.


    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Roger
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    1/22/12
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    "Interesting"

    Very interesting and though-provoking. I bought the hardback copy after listening to this audiobook just so I could refer to it occasionally and look at his sources.
    After reading books by former GRU spy and Spetsnaz man Victor Suvorov, then this, it puts a new perspective on the war.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Border Collie
    MIDHURST, United Kingdom
    12/15/16
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    "A new take on Eastern Front in WW2"

    The theme of this book is that Stalin was able to re-write WW2 because he was the victor, and because statistics from the Soviets were unchallenged.
    The book argues that lots of what we know about the Eastern Front is false. The Author explains why that might be and supports the counter view with compelling statistics however a couple of details were annoyingly wrong: Model did not die on the Eastern Front, it was on the West, and Spandau jail is in Berlin, so it was not the jail where Hess spent WW2.
    Understandably those mistakes made me question the authors other assertions.
    My thoughts while listening to this is that any one of the revisionist points, such as the new way of looking at the battle of Kursk, could be an excellent book by itself.

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  • Mr
    3/20/16
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    "Fascinating revisionist look at the eastern front"
    Any additional comments?

    IMO the book can be roughly summerised thus,

    - Most accounts of the war are based on Soviet sources, which were systematically falsified and manipulated to serve Soviet propaganda.
    - Soviet accounts of the war were the product of a society where criticism of the leadership and pointing out failings were capital crimes, and therefore must be treated with great skepticism.
    - The USSR did NOT have limitless manpower or resources, and Stalin came within a inch of losing the war due to the astronomical rate at which he wasted lives and material.
    - The notion of great Soviet victories at Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk is not supported by the loss figures for either men or equipment. All were draws.
    - Hitler was not the military imbecile he is often painted.
    - The USSR was saved from Stalin's incompetence by offensives from the western allies drawing away German forces: and because vast shipments of Anglo-American aid made up for Soviet deficiencies.


    BTW: the reviewer claiming the book "paints Hitler as noble" is either lying or hasn't read it. Mosier never say anything of the kind.

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  • Peeler
    HILLSBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A must for WWII enthusiasts"

    It is well known that victors get to write history. John Mosier presents a completely alternative view on how Stalin and the USSR defeated Hitler's Germany. The book is very well researched and written in an engaging manner that had me enthralled to the very last page. The book introduces the reader to little known or even new facts about the war that puts the accepted view of what actually occurred in doubt. An absolute must for any WWII enthusiast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    Walsall, United Kingdom
    9/14/11
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    "Spin on Hitler"

    This man writes a history at odds with almost every other writer. He even boasts about it. Hitler it appears was a noble leader. Tell that to the Jews of europe. This man needs to be banned or at least put in the fantasy section.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful

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