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Initial post: Jan 13, 2007 12:48:25 AM PST
Paul Forster says:
"It is not difficult to understand why the Brezhnev regime imported Barbara Tuchmann's 'The Guns Of August' into the Soviet Union,had it translated into Russian and distributed 100,000 copies in Moscow to try and counteract Alexander Solzhenitsyn's 'August 1914'.The Soviets held Mrs. Tuchmann's work in far greater esteem and hailed it as much more 'objective' toward Russia.In this retreat from the windy barrens of dull 'international socialist' jargon to the meaty realities of nationalism,the Soviet propaganda agencies failed to acquaint the faithful with Mrs. Tuchmann's venerable pedigree as a journalist on a string of Stalinist-line papers and magazines dating back to the 1930's." - James J. Martin
As I said,this book is nothing but propaganda.Even the Soviet Union's propaganda machine agreed with me.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 18, 2007 5:30:10 PM PST
My only guess would be that they were happy to expose the leadership choices- particularly the corrupt war minister. Maybe they were also pleased(?) in the manner in which the General handled his failure? I found that part remarkably tragic...however I can see some people thinking that it was a strong act on behalf of a soldier.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2009 12:10:43 PM PDT
Of course the Brezhnev regime liked this book. It (accurately) portrayed the Tsarist regime as incompetent and corrupt. I'm sure they ignored the improvements (inadequate as they proved to be) made over the course of the war.
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The GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman (Hardcover - January 1, 1962)
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