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5.0 out of 5 stars
A thorough examination of a fascinating subject, 7 Jan 2000
In an era when re-appraisal and revisionism are rife, particularly with reference to particular areas of WW2 (Goldhagen et al spring most readily to mind), Overy's book on Russia's War is a welcome addition to the phalanx of intelligent and balanced views. Rather than dismiss the Russian efforts as being largely a matter of horrifying statistics, this book helps to give a sharp perspective to the initial tactical blunders, and subsequent wiles of Stalin and his generals in the defeat of the Germans. The almost bestial pugnacity which characterized the Russian resistance, particularly at Stalingrad and Kursk, is well documented elsewhere, particularly by Beevor in his magisterial study. But this book is superb in the way that it uses previously unseen source material (reminiscent of Laurence Rees with his equally impressive 'War of the Century') to bring a quite awesome humanity to a bewilderingly brutal and epic passage of history. Highly recommended.