• Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler

  • The Age of Social Catastrophe
  • By: Robert Gellately
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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A bold new accounting of the great social and political upheavals that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945 - from the Russian Revolution through the Second World War.

In Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, acclaimed historian Robert Gellately focuses on the dominant powers of the time, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, but also analyzes the catastrophe of those years in an effort to uncover its political and ideological nature. Arguing that the tragedies endured by Europe were inextricably linked through the dictatorships of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, Gellately explains how the pursuit of their "utopian" ideals turned into dystopian nightmares. Dismantling the myth of Lenin as a relatively benevolent precursor to Hitler and Stalin and contrasting the divergent ways that Hitler and Stalin achieved their calamitous goals, Gellately creates in Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler a vital analysis of a critical period in modern history.

©2007 Robert Gellately (P)2021 Tantor
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  • Categories: History

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Incredible research as important now as then

I read many or most of the WW1 and WW2 histories everything from small battles to the complete War(s) and the personalities involved big and small. I've have come upon similar books as this one however none have been this detailed and engaging. Disclaimer Lenin is just a primer most of the audiobook revolved around Stalin, Hitler and both sick parties Nazism and Communism.

All their tragic crimes against humanity are told and you see why the "dear" leaders Stalin and Hitler did what they did, just trying to comprehend such evil people and parties is tough but necessary...we can not forget history!

Remember this is not ancient history most of this took place 75-85 years ago and over 85 million dead just during the war and the related famines, many of us have grandparents older than than 75 so again try and grasp how recent all this really was. History is not as old as some may believe it to be.

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History of Europe from an informal author.

I’ve read many books on Germany and Russia and the Great War. This is an insightful history of how it all evolved after the monarchy and WWI. How rise of Bolshevik Russia shaped the rise of the Nazis that led to World War Two. Highly recommend this book for an understanding of this period in history.

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Didn't meet expectation

Just a repeat of known facts, no attempt to really compare the three and work out differences and similarities.

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Disjointed

Whomever appointed this disjointed account knew precisely that this was hardly the schist of knowledge proclaimed. It’s boring when it should be soaring pouring goering over the snoring mooring the scoring of roaring zetz. The frosks dealt out by these three were chilling unwilling and unfulfilling killing my billing milling around the old spittoon