Stalin's War: A New History of World War II


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6.5 X 9.4 X 2.8 inches | 2.55 pounds

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About the Author

Sean McMeekin is a professor of history at Bard College. The award-winning author of several books, including The Russian Revolution, July 1914, and The Ottoman Endgame, McMeekin lives in Clermont, New York.


"Gripping, authoritative, accessible, and always bracingly revisionist."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
"Stalin's War is above all about strategy: the failure of Roosevelt and Churchill to make shrewd choices as World War II played out. McMeekin brilliantly argues that instead of weighting the European and Pacific theaters to favor their own interests--and to weaken the inevitably antagonistic Soviet Union--FDR and Churchill left the most critical parts of Asia unguarded while they ground down the German army, a decision that favored Stalin's interests far more than their own. Roosevelt's 'Germany first' strategy and the trillion dollars of Lend Lease aid he poured into Stalin's treasury would underwrite Soviet control of China and East Central Europe after 1945 and hatch a Cold War whose dire effects are with us still."--Geoffrey Wawro, author of Sons of Freedom and director of the University of North Texas Military History Center
"Sean McMeekin's new book fills a massive gap in the historiography of World War II. Based on exhaustive research in Russian and other archives, this examination of Stalin's foreign policy explores fresh avenues and explodes many myths, perhaps the most significant being that of unwittingly exaggerated emphasis on 'Hitler's war.' McMeekin shows conclusively that the two tyrants were equally responsible, both for the outbreak of war in 1939 and the appalling slaughter which ensued."
--Nikolai Tolstoy
"Sean McMeekin's approach in Stalin's War is both original and refreshing, written as it is with a wonderful clarity."--Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad
"A sweeping reassessment of World War II seeking to 'illuminate critical matters long obscured by the obsessively German-centric literature' on the subject....Yet another winner for McMeekin, this also serves as a worthy companion to Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War, which argued that Britain should not have entered World War I. Brilliantly contrarian history."--Kirkus
"Historian McMeekin (The Russian Revolution) draws from recently opened Soviet archives to shed light on Stalin's dark reasoning and shady tactics....Packed with incisive character sketches and illuminating analyses of military and diplomatic maneuvers, this is a skillful and persuasive reframing of the causes, developments, and repercussions of WWII."--Publishers Weekly