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Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin - The Eastern Front, 1941-1945 Hardcover – June 15, 2010

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In this exhaustive study of the eastern front of World War II, Mosier (Cross of Iron) strongly challenges traditional arguments, asserting that "the evidence suggests not only that Hitler came much closer to an outright victory than is often supposed, but that much of what we think is true about this conflict is, if not completely false, very nearly so." While he agrees with many that the enduring legacy of Hitler and Stalin is the memory of "mountains of corpses" the two leaders left behind, Mosier asserts not only that the Soviet Empire lacked the inexhaustible manpower often attributed to it, but that they were seriously hampered by their own policies, leading to infamous issues of infrastructure (tank factories that turned out tanks but no spare parts, for instance). Mosier returns often to Soviet statistics cited since the war, determining each time that the figures "have very little credibility, are in fact simply another instance of how Stalin created facts to substantiate the pseudo-reality of his state." With 85 pages of sources and endnotes, Mosier's tome will satisfy seriously curious readers in search of a new trail to follow.
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Deathride is a dramatic departure from the conventional wisdom and is itself a dramatic chronicle of the most brutal theater in the most brutal war in one of history’s most brutal centuries. . . . This is a clear-eyed, compelling description of a battle that has been described many times, but seldom with such an ironic eye.”

—David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe



“Mr. Mosier [is] one of the more entertainingly contrarian military historians writing today. . . . an important and groundbreaking book about the Eastern front.”

—Joseph C. Goulden, The Washington Times


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating revisionist history of the Russian front
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK revisionist book
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Truly is Essential Reading!
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