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5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters called Hitler and Stalin, 28 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin (Paperback)
There is very little one can add to the excellent reviews already listed save to say that in this book Snyder again demonstrates his ability to write yet another magnificent history. A Professor at Yale, he has already written acclaimed books such as :'The Reconstruction of Nations', books that reek of deep knowledge and meticulous scholarship.

Sad to say there are still people who deny the atrocities committed by Stalin and Hitler (plus of course thousands of willing assistants). They ought to be force-fed this book. The crimes these monsters were responsible for are almost impossible to comprehend. How can one, for example, imagine millions being deliberately starved to death?

Snyder has linguistic skills of a very high order and an ability to write outstanding books based on original research. No matter how many books one has read on this period of history you will learn a great deal that is new from 'Bloodlands'.

For students, and some historians, he usefully explains the distinction between concentration camps and death camps. There is much confusion about these terms and Snyder makes the difference very clear. As he points out many people survived the horrors of the camps while none survived the killing sites. There was an enormous difference between labour and gas, slavery and bullets.

Snyder's discussion of the appalling Gulags should be read in conjunction with Applebaum's brilliant account in :Gulag'. Both remind us that in order to defeat the Nazis we had to 'sup with the devil' who ruled the Soviet Union.
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Chris Green says:
Dr Clayton
i have disagreed with some of your reviews in the past. Here I can only echo entirely what you say.
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