• Hitler and Stalin

  • The Tyrants and the Second World War
  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An award-winning historian plumbs the depths of Hitler and Stalin's vicious regimes, and shows the extent to which they brutalized the world around them.

Two 20th century tyrants stand apart from all the rest in terms of their ruthlessness and the degree to which they changed the world around them. Briefly allies during World War II, Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin then tried to exterminate each other in sweeping campaigns unlike anything the modern world had ever seen, affecting soldiers and civilians alike. Millions of miles of Eastern Europe were ruined in their fight to the death, millions of lives sacrificed. 

Laurence Rees has met more people who had direct experience of working for Hitler and Stalin than any other historian. Using their evidence he has pieced together a compelling comparative portrait of evil, in which idealism is polluted by bloody pragmatism, and human suffering is used casually as a political tool. It's a jaw-dropping description of two regimes stripped of moral anchors and doomed to destroy each other, and those caught up in the vicious magnetism of their leadership.

©2020 Laurence Rees (P)2020 PublicAffairs
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

Critic Reviews

"Via meticulous research and mesmerizing testimonies, Rees expertly reveals the 'malleability of the human mind'."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"This richly detailed history powerfully documents the destruction that tyrants with utopian visions can inflict upon the world."—Publishers Weekly

"In this fascinating study of two monsters, Rees is extraordinarily perceptive and original."—Sir Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad

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Biased in favor of capitalism

Author definitely hates Stalin. Several stories are patently false, or apocryphal at best. Otherwise, a good book.

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Excellent read

Breezed through it with the historical details and the eyewitness accounts mingled with reports, diary entries, official documents. It kept me engaged till the end and I started it right over.

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Great and in my opinion well balanced

A previous reviewer wrote that this work was biased against Stalin. This is not the case. In fact Rees tells an important but unfortunately all too often forgotten side of Stalins Russia in the war. Crucially, he is also nor an apologist for thr Germans. A couple oft quoted potential myths are recited but altogether this is an excellent work.