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
There's no happy ending. - Goodreads
Throughly researched, non-partisan and vast. - Goodreads
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Very few books make me want to close them and put them away--not because they are so bad, but because they are so overwhelmingly sad. This was one of them: I almost stopped twice. I'm not sure how ... Read full review

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Took a while to get through but definitely worth it. Not for the faint of heart. This is an honest, well researched, and well written look at the bloodlands both before and during the war. I didn't ... Read full review

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.