Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

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Basic Books, 2010 - History - 524 pages
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Americans call the Second World War aThe Good War.a But before it even began, America's wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizensaand 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 reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

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This is a very thorough, well-researched book. - Goodreads
difficult to read - I did not enjoy it - Goodreads
Throughly researched, non-partisan and vast. - Goodreads
There's no happy ending. - Goodreads
Introduction: World War I left things settled. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michael David Cobb - Goodreads

A completely different way to think of WW2, not that I haven't revised my understanding several times over several years. In this telling, I sense the madness of Hitler to a greater extent than before ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom Pittman viii - Goodreads

This subject needs to be written about. Personal baritones are good, but postwar is a better account of the lasting impact of these atrocities. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Timothy Snyder is Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War, and The Red Prince. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.