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I thought this would be a constructive, objective review of the immediate post war period, a subject so far little covered and hardly ever, in a single book. Unfortunately this book is not quite like that. It is a far too personal, subjective collection of "accounts". The author is overly keen to pass wayward and rather uncomfortable, even slightly "snide" comments about the erstwhile efforts of others who fought to free "his" Europe. War is war and collateral damage in a war on this scale is totally unavaoidable. The passing of time allows authors such as this the opportunity to constantly take advantage of hindsight to pass their personal judgement on the actions and decisions of others. Picking out small individual moments to then use as a rule for all others is not a good way to tackle a subject such as the liberation of Europe. Of course, some uncomfortable actions no doubt occurred amongst liberating forces, but to put these into a package as this writer has done and to pass them off as representative of all allied intention and callous planning is quite wrong. Sorry, I did not care for this book, its tone, nor its author, at all.
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Initial post: 16 Sep 2014 14:12:57 BDT
In other words , he doesn't share your rosy view of Stalinist Russia.
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