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3.0 out of 5 stars Some background on the author, anecdotally, 21 July 2011
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This review is from: The Road To Stalingrad: Stalin's War with Germany v. 1 (Paperback)
John Erickson was a great historian, but he was not necessarily an unbiased one. When he first approched the Soviets to access their archives, so the story goes, they didn't trust him. He had to provide some bona fides. He told them that his wife was Yugoslav, presumably also pro-Soviet. They went and checked her out. They approved of what they found about her, so they opened up their archives to him. He had an abundance of information to work with. However, it seems that one condition of allowing him access to their archives was that he should not write any history critical of the SU, the Red Army or the GPW except where they allowed him to for their agenda.

His work in this respect is very similar to Glantz's work. Glantz is now a memeber of the Soviet/Russian academy of sciences.

It is always helpful to have this kind of awareness in mind when assessing an author's work.
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2011 15:49:46 BDT
P. Andrews shows how little he understands history when he writes, "so the story goes" and "it seems that one condition of allowing him access ..."
Is each statement true? Is there evidence for it? Or is P. Andrews just passing on gossip?
For P. Andrews to sit in judgement on a real historian is laughable.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2014 21:26:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Oct 2014 21:27:42 BDT
Stoneface says:
William Podmore on the other hand is a Stalin apologist which can be seen in his 1 star reviews of A. Beevor's books and who insults informative reviews (see here).

It is indeed important to know who one is listening to.
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