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The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia Hardcover – 24 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane (24 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071399309X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713993097
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 5.6 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A superb work, comprehensive and written with rare fire and intelligence' -- Neal Ascherson, Observer

'Engrossing, well written and wise' -- Sam Leith, Spectator

'Fascinating... a lifetime's study have gone into the writing of this excellent book' -- Andrew Roberts, Literary Review

'Original and thought-provoking' -- Peter Lewis, Daily Mail

'Overy's monumental comparative history is invaluable' -- Michael Burleigh, Sunday Times

a formidable addition to the literature of this period...indispensable -- The Telegraph, 13th June, 2004

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Richard Overy is Professor of Modern History at King's College, London. His previous books for Penguin include Russia's War and The Battle of Britain. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By keikochan on 7 Jan. 2013
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The comparison between Hitler and Stalin is comprehensive and it is fascinating to see the similarities. The author looks at both dictators from various angles, and his background knowledge of the time is impressive. It is worrying to read the economic climate and other situations of the time when the two dictators were created as one could relate it to the present time. Despite rather heavy subject, it is easy to read as it is written very clearly, and suitable for everyone. I highly recommend it!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R Clifton on 12 Jun. 2011
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Excellent in all respects. Quite the best coverage in detail of both Hitler and Stalin, and with excellent comparisons between the two dictators and the two regimes. Very full and comprehensible on the economic and social aspects of the regimes, penetrating on the crimes of both but without allowing this to unbalance the narative, which remains analytical and comparatively dispassionate throughout. This work would be excellent for sixth-formers as well as university students (and indeed everyone else interested in this subject) but sixth-formers would probably benefit from some guidance, given the length of the work and the quantity of detail it contains. The index in this respect is very useful and they would be advised to begin with particular subject areas that they are interested in. At all times some guidance from the teacher would be useful. General readers too will find it absorbing and not a particularly demanding read despite its length. This is one of the best books available on the area of modern history by one of the very best historians alive today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Timothy Woffenden on 30 Aug. 2013
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I have been researching Stalin's Russia for some time now, and have often been bewildered by the lengthy, ultra-dense nature of the literature on a subject who has inspired little consensus and much debate. I fought shy of consulting Overy for some time, as it seemd not to be the work of a soviet specialist, as Overy is better known for his many works on Nazism. How wrong I was. This is thoroughly researched and mercifully clear. I brought home to me the true nature of Stalin's dictatorship, synthesising a huge range of research, while giving the author's own interpretation, which abounded with common sense. I find it difficult to agree with Overy that the terror was not a featire of everyday like for most Russians, though. Having just read Goldman's excellent book on Moscow factories, I am persuaded that almost everyone must have been touched by it. For the most part, though, Overy is lucid and, in my opinion, right. On Nazism he is a true master. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone setting out on a study of Stalinism, and it is one of the few works that I could put in front of a sixth former.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Manvell on 26 April 2014
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A scholarly well written work. Both Dictators did diabolical things. The western allies shared the one that did so much to keep us on the winning side. No consolation for his victims.
Kenneth Manvell
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