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Stalin's Folly: The Secret History of the German Invasion of Russia, June 1941 Hardcover – June 9, 2005

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'Constantine Pleshakov takes us through this mesmerising period with a compelling narrative which covers in fascinating detail the first days of the great land campaign.' SCOTTISH LEGION NEWS '[Pleshakov] expertly conveys the sights, sounds and smells of the chaotic Soviet retreat during those first fateful days.' BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

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Constantine Pleshakov grew up in Russia during the 1960s, acutely conscious of how the war had affected both the people and landscape. Now an internationally acclaimed historian, he emigrated to the USA in 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 1st edition (June 9, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297846264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297846260
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,547,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schranck on June 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The author begins his book by assuring readers that his information is based on the latest Russian archival information available and also points out that Putin had shut down the pipeline to the west and that any new or confirming information will probably take years before becoming public.

The author delivers a deliberate presentation of prewar history of Stalin, the start of Communism and the people of Russia. Lenin's influence on the peasants to rise up and overturn the present nobility class and intelligentisia and his plans to spread Communism throughout the world is discussed. Its also significant that Lenin just before his death tries to exclude Stalin from taking over, knowing his heavy handed ways would be bad for the spread of Communism. Lenin fails and Stalin career is then presented, showing his bloody rise to power. Once in power, further restrictions are placed on the public, collectivization of farms is inaugurated, increased arms production and mobilization of troops begins as well. The purges will follow that will kill or imprison thousands more. Stalin wanted to be invincible from within and without and he put his whole country on a loose war footing.

So far the author's account is conventional history with nothing to argue about but his next claim is controversial. Mr Pleshakov brings forth the theory that Stalin was planning a preemptive strike on Eastern Europe that would capture the land from Greece to Poland and that the attack would probably occur in 1941 or possible 1942. That's the reason behind Stalin's appeasement of Hitler. He didn't want Hitler to suspect a possible attack was coming and strike first.
This introduction is almost 100 pages and it gives the reader a solid foundation for the coverage of the coming war.
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