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University of Oklahoma Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 567 pages
Marshal Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, hero of Leningrad, defender of Moscow and Stalingrad, commander of the victorious Red Army at Berlin, was the most decorated soldier in Soviet history. Yet for many years Zhukov was relegated to the status of "unperson" in his homeland. Now, following glasnost and the fall of the Soviet Union, Zhukov is being restored to his rightful place in history. In this completely updated version of his classic 1971 biography of Zhukov, Otto Preston Chaney provides the definitive account of the man and his achievements. To provide a thorough account of Zhukov's life, Chaney draws upon a large range of historical and military sources, correcting old information with new. His most important source is Zhukov's own memoirs, which have recently been expanded to include previously censored material. Zhukov's career spanned most of the Soviet period, reflecting the turmoil of the civil war, the hardships endured by the Russian people in World War II, the brief postwar optimism evidenced by the friendship between Zhukov and Eisenhower, repression in Poland and Hungary, and the rise and fall of such political figures as Stalin, Beria, and Krushchev. The story of Russia's greatest soldier thus offers many insights into the history of the Soviet Union itself.

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The Early Years
The Tankist
Stalin Decapitates the Red Army
Before the Storm
The View from Istra
The Lure of Stalingrad
The End of Drang nach Osten
The Third Reich Passes into History
A Brief Honeymoon
Obscurity and Reappearance
The SoldierPolitician
The Resurrection of an Unperson

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Otto Preston Chaney was a colonel in the United States Army and Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College and is the author of Zhukov: Marshal of the Soviet Union.

Malcolm Mackintosh is the author of Juggernaut: A History of Soviet Armed Forces.

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