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e-Book The deadly embrace: Hitler, Stalin, and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941 download

by Anthony Read

ISBN: 0718129768
ISBN13: 978-0718129767
Language: English
Publisher: M. Joseph (1988)
Pages: 687
Category: Europe
Subategory: History

ePub size: 1386 kb
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Rating: 4.9
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The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin, And The Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941. The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin, And The Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941. By Anthony Reed and David Fisher. An inflated work, which pruning would have improved; a book on themes that deserve more serious study. Paywall-free reading of new articles posted daily online and almost a century of archives.

Anthony Read is the author of many books, most recently The Devil s Disciples: Hitler s Inner Circle. Fisher has enjoyed a successful career in television before and since beginning a literary partnership with Anthony Read. Informazioni bibliografiche. Anthony Read, David Fisher.

Here readers will be able to view the dramatic story of the circumstances behind the signing, and twenty-two months later, the breaking of this notorious pact. Given the subject matter and the large number of characters involved, the authors did a tremendous job making this book extremely readable and enjoyable. Perfect level of detail and excellent combination of dialogue, character development and background detail.

Read, Anthony, and David Fisher. German-Soviet Economic Relations at the Time of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, 1939–1941. The Stalin and Molotov Lines: Soviet Western Defences, 1928–41. Oxford, UK: Osprey, 2008. London: M. Joseph, 1988. World War Two Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West. London: BBC Books, 2008. The Fall of Litvinov: Harbinger of the German-Soviet Non-aggression Pact. Europe-Asia Studies 52, no. 1 (2000). Cahiers du Monde Russe 36, nos. 1–2 (January–June 1995). So firmly based upon a close reading of the secondary literature and printed documents, as well as upon archival soundings and interviews, and told with such a sense for the essential drama of the story, that it is easily the most comprehensive and the mo. Specifications.

The front garden of Nazi party headquarters in Munich was quickly filled .

Seventy-five years ago, on 23 August 1939, Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia stunned the world by announcing that they had concluded a non-aggression pact, committing themselves not to aid each other's enemies or to engage in hostile acts against one another. Stalin knew the pact would not be popular. The front garden of Nazi party headquarters in Munich was quickly filled with party badges and insignia thrown there by party members appalled at the thought of an alliance with the communist enemy they had spent their lives fighting against.

Bibliographic Details. Title: The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin and the. Shipping prices are based on books weighing . LB, or 1 KG. Canadian and . Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company.

Nazi-Soviet relations 1939-1941 documents from the archives of the German Foreign Office as released by the Department of State. The nazi-soviet military cooperation, 1939-1941. Second World War Posters.

On 23 August 1939 Hitler and Stalin signed a mutual non-aggression pact which is seen here as the most crucial factor in Hitler's early success against the Allies and a fatal misjudgement of Hitler's intentions. This book analyzes Hitler and Stalin's motives and chronicles the events leading to the signing of the pact and the developments between August 1939 and June 1941 as the two dictators prepared to carve up the continent of Europe. Anthony Read and David Fisher are the co-authors of "Operation Lucy" and "Colonel Z - A Secret Life".
[This is a review of the 1988 hardback edition.] While the other reviewers here are more positive than I am, I have to admit I'm entirely ambivalent on this work. I wanted to love it. I ended up liking it initially, for say the first 300 pages, then was bored almost to tears. It is easy to read. It tries to make the history interesting and bring the people to life. But...it is far too long. Far too unfocused. Far too general. And the title, at least this part--"Hitler, Stalin, and the Nazi-Soviet Pact 1939-1941"--seems rather misleading. I wanted an in-depth study of Soviet-Nazi relations in this period. A real analysis of both the economic and foreign policy details and ramifications of the Molotov-Ribbentrop agreement and later adjustments (e.g., boundary issues). But this ends up being highly German-centric, covering Nazi Germany's relations with nearly all of Europe. And it spends far too much superficial depth on the military campaigns that were the blitzkrieg of Poland, the Finnish Winter War, the Phoney War, the Norwegian Campaign, and the Falls of Belgium, Holland, and France (as well as Dunkirk). There are also discussions about the Greek Campaign. But this is just general military history, almost done in outline form.

An initial big issue I have is that these authors, like many before and after them, make an attempt to get into the "minds" of evil men like Hitler, Molotov, Ribbentrop, and Stalin. But these are mostly sheer guesses. There is little or no documentary support, as the men themselves didn't dictate or publish their contemporaneous thoughts. Good history is not conjecture and no amount of conjecture can ever really tell us what these men where thinking as they plotted and carried out their evil actions.

A second big issue I have is in regard to the source material for the work. First, do keep in mind that this is NOT an academic work. It is popular history. Thus there is minimal sourcing for the limited end "Source Notes". All they do is point you to the source but not the specific details of the source. For example, if the source is a book, all you get is the title of the work but not a specific page number. So there is no way to verify the information. Second, the authors have relied heavily on diary materials (e.g., Ciano, Halder, Jodl, etc.). Yet even they admit these materials are heavily biased, highly self serving, and not necessarily accurate. In addition, much of the sourcing comes from the official diplomatic/foreign office documents of the various governments. Of course, these documents have their own biases (sometimes more of what they leave out than what they tell).

Third, the work suffers greatly from poor maps! There are not enough of them. And of the few that are here, they are too small and lack many important details related to the text material. Take a few specific issues. There is some discussion of the Suwalki Triangle and the Lithuanian Strip (or Tip). But the former is barely shown on p. 23 (though only if you know where to look as it is unmarked) and on p. 335 (though only the city of Suwalki is specificaly identified. And the latter is never shown anywhere! It was a critical oversight not to have a detailed map that showed the border and boundary disputes tied to Lithuania. Who knows where Ribbentrop wanting his hunting lands? No one every shows the "tip". Another horrible oversight is in regard to the borders of Rumania. There is supposedly a detailed map on p. 470. It shows N. Bukovina and Bessarabia (which the USSR received) as well as S. Dobrudja (which Bulgaria received). But it doesn't show the huge part of Romania received by Hungary! Nor does any map anywhere do justice to the changing borders of Hungary in this time period. It isn't as if these border issues aren't covered in the book, They just aren't supported by decent maps.

Fourth, I can't believe the authors didn't include a lot more statistical data, which could've been done in charts & graphs, covering the actual orders and deliveries of commodities, supplies, and equipment from the USSR to Nazi Germany and vice versus during this period. We only get a vague sense of the size and scope.

Fifth, they range too far afield from their expertise and sourcing at times to give lots of details. This is especially true in regard to the minutia of military equipment. Take just naval discussions. On p. 115 they discuss "the [German] cruiser Nurnberg". They discuss her "formidable array of heavy guns" and claim she is "an elderly ship". Yet the Nurnberg is a light cruiser with only 6" main guns, not a heavy crusier with 8" guns. And she was laid down in 1934 and commissioned in 1935. Thus she was hardly "elderly". And not really that formidable. Then on p. 206 they discuss "the elderly battleship Schleswig-Holstein" and her "formidable array of guns". She was a pre-WW I pre-dreadnaught class ship. She was outdated and obsolete in WW I which was why the victorious Allies let Germany keep her. She possessed only 4 older style shorter caliber 11" guns as her main battle array. So the knowledgeable reader sometimes shakes his head filling in all the details.

I suspect whether the reader likes this book or not may be heavily dependent upon how badly they want to fell like they are "there". The authors go out of their way to give lots of small details about everything from the dinners served at diplomatic functions to the architecture of various buildings to the interior decorating of same. It all adds up to pages and pages of worthless detail that only adds to the length of the work.

So, yes, the work at first seems to be fascinating and a stimulating read. But after about 300 pages or so the reader starts being overwhelmed with a never-ending stream of minutia that distracts from the overall thesis and which covers material that is far better served in other works (e.g., if you want to learn all about the Finnish Winter War, pick up a good book on it; the bibliography gives a few). To give an idea, the invasion of Poland commences on p. 326. Issues tied to the Finnish Winter War cover pages. 370-425.

There are two small sections of b&w photographs. Eight pages between p. 176-177 and eight more pages between p. 496-497.

I view this book very differently than the other reviewer, although both of us rated it 5 stars. I found this book to be one of the best written history books I have ever seen. While it is factual, it is never boring or dry. It is well researched, well written, informative AND interesting.

The book is about the dance that Stalin did with Hitler. Stalin desperately needed to industrialize his country quickly. Hitler was equally desperate for raw materials. The two dictators grudgingly traded something to each other. Stalin knowing that those raw materials would soon be used against his country!

If you enjoy reading this book, I urge you to read any of the many works authored by Sir Martin Gilbert; especially his official biography of Winston Churchill titled "Churchill: A Life."

Great read, very informative. Sometimes repetitive and tedious. Bottom line... I learned alot

This is a tremendous account of this startling time period between two of the twentieth centuries great purveyors of evil. The authors write well and at a very personal level, describing the key individuals involved (Molotov, Schulenberg, Ribbentrop - among others). Also recounted are the futile efforts of the British and French to reach some sort of accord with the Soviet Union. One gets the overall impression that Stalin was never interested in this approach from Britain and France - his priorities were the territories he could acquire through his agreements with other nations, as is well illustrated by the secret protocols of Nazi-Soviet Pact. The two dictatorships spoke the same language and understood each others understated intentions, as opposed to the negotiations with the democratic powers.

This book can be quite sardonic in tone, adding to its readability. Almost half of it is concerned with the events leading up to the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Also most of the focus is on the Soviet Union. The authors present the multi-faceted points of view of the participants - Britain, France, Italy, Poland, as well as the Soviet Union and Germany.

By signing the Pact the Soviet Union isolated herself further from the international community and tarnished her image by ruthlessly going to war with Finland. Ironically the Soviet Union tried negotiating with Finland, but did nothing of the sort when arbitrarily occupying Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Stalin and his country paid a terrible historical price for this.

This book is a brilliant narration of this crucial period and illustrates how dictatorships deal sordidly with each other.

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