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Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov Hardcover – 13 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (13 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781592918
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781592915
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.8 x 6.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Professor Geoffrey Roberts is an internationally recognised expert on Stalin, Soviet foreign policy and the Second World War. His publications include Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953, Molotov: Stalin's Cold Warrior and Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov.

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If you really want to know who defeated Hitler, it wasn't a bunch of yanks who turned up late to the party. Crammed with fantastic detail and revealing facts that have been kept hidden from ordinary people in the west (e.g. Russia offered 3 different options to the British and French Govts in place of appeasement to prevent Nazi aggression that were all rejected), this book is a wonderful insight into just what it took to overcome one of the most horrific regimes ever known.

My only disappointment was the print quality, some early pages are that bad it can be difficult to decipher what is printed...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Modern Classic of the Great Patriotic War 12 May 2014
By J. Romane - Published on
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This new printing of G. Zhukov's Reminiscences and Reflections was made under the direction of Geoffrey Roberts, author of Stalin’s Wars and Stalin’s General. The text is an offset reproduction of the 1985 English translation (many hands) of the official 1974 edition made by Progress Publisher, the official Soviet English language publishing house. The book is 6 ½ ‘by 9 ½ ‘and the typeface of Zhukov’s text is large and clear. The Soviet maps are retained; a few of the more personal photograph are included.

Zhukov’s memoir has the strengths and weakness of the system he so well served. The individual fades into the collective in theory but in practice the collective seems to oversees failures and the individual (Zhukov) manages successes. Equally interesting, the relations of Zhukov to the “Boss” (Stalin) develop as a complex counter point to operational events. While Zhukov’s book may not be the whole story, it is a revealing view of the Eastern Front from the Soviet side.

Geoffrey Roberts also supplies an introduction that details the development of Zhukov’s book. There was a lengthy period when Zhukov tried to get his memoirs published and then there was an extensive editing process by the Soviet publisher. When the Soviet system disappeared, these cuts became available and the question arises, what is the “real” book? For many reasons, Roberts decided that the final 1985 official Soviet version represents the best text. However, he itemizes the cuts in his introduction and he adds two of Zhukov’s writings that the general wrote for “the desk drawer”. These are presented as appendences: “Briefly about Stalin” and “After the Dearth of Stalin”. The “Briefly” text describes in some detail interactions with Stalin during a time of crises and “After the Death” describes Zhukov’s involvement in the center of the Soviet government when Stalin died.
All in all, this is an important book about the Great Patriotic War.
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Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov 23 Oct 2014
By T. Kunikov - Published on
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Those interested in a semi-censored look at the Great Patriotic War through the eyes of one of the leading commanders to come out of the Red Army would do well to invest in Zhukov's memoirs, which are presented here with an introduction by Geoffrey Roberts. Roberts has written numerous works on the Soviet Union and in part on the Second World War and does an excellent job detailing an introduction to this second edition of Zhukov's memoirs. Additionally, two 'essays' are included following the two volumes of Zhukov's memoirs detailing his thoughts on Stalin and events 'After the Death of Stalin.'

Zhukov's attempts to publish his memoirs met with many obstacles, first was his demotion under Stalin and the entire freeze around publications on the war while Stalin lived, which was followed by his eventual ousting by Khrushchev as well. It was only in the late 1960s, two decades after the end of the Second World War, that Zhukov's censored memoirs were published. Soon after another edition was released, and that second edition what has been translated here (originally done in the 1980s). To date there are over a dozen editions of Zhukov's memoirs in Russian with various censored sections being included each time a new edition is released. I would have greatly appreciated if the newest, or one of the latter editions, was re-translated with additions highlighted or italicized (as it was done in Russian). While Roberts explains in his introduction that much of what was cut out was done so with Zhukov's authorization, due to repetition or needless description, it would still have been beneficial to see a full translation of something western readers have been denied thus far.

As for the two volumes presented here, they are an excellent addition to any WWII library. Undoubtedly you'll encounter more than enough Soviet-era propaganda, but nonetheless, the insights presented here are worth wading through Zhukov's appeals to party and state on a regular basis. Whatever you might think of Zhukov as a man, he more than proved himself as a competent commander and was on the 'front lines' in most of the major operations conducted by the Red Army throughout the entirety of the Great Patriotic War.
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Five Stars 17 Sep 2014
By Betty C. Jennings - Published on
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Ordered for a friend at his request.
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