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Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War? Hardcover – August, 1990


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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton; 1St Edition edition (August 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241126223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241126226
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,924,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I continue recommending it to every person interested in history.
Len Kaplan
First, this relatively small book is an overview of many very complex political, historical, and military events.
Arkadiy Dubovoy
I wish Suvorov's brilliant rebuttal of Gorodetsky's book will be translated into English some day.
Alexander Chaihorsky

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80 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Arkadiy Dubovoy on November 19, 2005
It is safe to assume that if you have not read Viktor Suvorov's Icebreaker (or, at least, are not familiar with his ideas), you don't understand the last 85 years of the world history.

Viktor Suvorov was trained as a military intelligence officer at the time when soviet military intelligence was the best in the world (probably still is). In the late seventies Suvorov defected to England, where he wrote several books about soviet army and intelligence. By all accounts (friends and enemies alike), Viktor Suvorov possesses encyclopedic knowledge about military theory and history, particularly the history of World War II. His knowledge and analytical ability are astounding.

Published first in the eighties, Icebreaker was the first in Suvorov's series of historical books. By the year 2000, it was translated into 27 languages and published more than 100 times. Icebreaker is a book about communist preparation and execution (however poorly, but not for the lack of trying) of the biggest crime in the history of mankind, World War II. Because of that, in addition to its historical value of showing communist conspiracy as a true cause of WWII, Icebreaker is probably the best, most convincing anti-communist book ever written. Suvorov neither uncovers any secrets, nor does he simply catalogue the crimes. He analyzes communists' own words and innumerable well-known facts to show communism as the darkest, most evil episode in the human history.

Before you start reading this book, however, keep in mind several important things.

First, this relatively small book is an overview of many very complex political, historical, and military events. The most important of the ideas had been expanded by the author in his later books (see below).
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
It's a must read. After reading this book you will alwaysquestion official propaganda. I read it a year ago and still shake myhead in disbelief. 50 years from this will be the accepted history ofWWII. But it will take another 50 years to clear the lies we were all told for so long.END
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Dashevsky on January 23, 2002
This book might appear rather sensationalistic and some facts might be somewhat "sanitized. Additionally I'm still not convinced that the USSR was preempted by Nazi Germany by only two weeks. Nevertheless, the book provides the only logical explanation to one question: "If USSR did nothing but prepared itself for war for and a half decades preceding 1941 then how come the war began with a series of such horrific disasters?
In my view, the main merit of this book is in its clear illustration of the linkage between the Soviet state ideology and National Military Strategy on one side and the Red Army's equipment choices and training priorities on the other.
It is a peaty that this book is out of print in the States. It is an eye-opener and what is even more important, inspite of its shortcomings it is a real catalist for generating a meaningful debate on true origins of WWII.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "si@sprintmail.com" on January 19, 2003
In the free-market-world the price for this book speaks for itself. It is not for just someone. Don't spend your money if you still (...) believe that it was the U.S.A. who won the World War II - as American propaganda tells you - while you, as a good citizen, don't dare to question a single statement it makes. Suvorov's book is just about the same thing - what happens if people don't ask questions. It takes courage to learn history - especially your own -- as it does learning any other science.
He wrote another (and better, and a whole) book on the same subject since the Icebreaker (call it Icebreaker II), and I still don't understand why it is not available in English. The book's name is "The Last Republic".
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1998
This very professional analysis that is based mainly on the openly available publications, such as periodicals of the time, memoirs of the military leaders (Zhukov, Bargamyan, many others) describes (and proves with mathematical precision, naming accurately the relevant military units, their commanding officers, locations and dates, always pointing out the sources of this information) how the War was prepared and launched. Suvorov is not afraid to challenge the traditional view on that period of history and brings first-rate material to support his position. Undoubtedly, his military training, especially intelligence collection and analysis helped making this book so precise and informative. I have not seen a better analysis of the Second World War beginning period, not better supporting data. This book is a-must for anybody who wants to learn who helped Hitler's climb to power and who "unleashed" him on the world.
The only thing I'd wish added to this book would be a set of maps that show the disposition of the units mentioned, to make it easier to follow the development. But despite this minor lack, it is a very easy and captivating reading. Do yourself a favor - read it.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gene Gluecough on September 2, 2005
You want to know who is right- Viktor Suvorov and his version of the beginning of World War II or his opponents? Do just like Suvorov does- compare figures. Try to find Suvorov's Icebreaker, and if you are lucky to find one, it probably is here at Amazon.com for 1,078 dollars and 98 cents. Who is there best against him? Mr. Gorodetsky? How much is his revelations about Suvorov's work? 20 dollars? Well, not bad, not bad at all. But only not against Suvorov's fundamental research. 1,078.98 against 20 speaks for itself. You have any more questions? Suvorov has answers for them, for all them in his 5(!) sequels to Icebreaker. But you won't find any of them for any money. They are not even translated into English! And no wonder. Icebreaker was bad enough to scare sh.. out of any of those who still believe in and cherish the myths about WWII and its beginning. Bravo, Mr.Suvorov, and thank you.
*added on June 21 2006*
Suvorov created his Icebreaker not as an exercise of his wit or encyclopeodic knowledge. There were innumerable information gaps in Soviet official version of the beginning of Soviet-German war. Using half truths manipulation and lies Soviet 'historians' created a parody of the war's history. The book was called 'The Great Patriotic War 1941-45' and was 'remasterd' every time a new Party leader was coming to power. In this book for example a reader could learn exact number of all German forces, their location strength etc. But whatever concerns Soviet troops was a total mystery. The official history will give you only the numbers and locations of the troops only next to the German and Romanian border and whatever was behind them is a fog of war. And still is.
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