Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

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Random House, Aug 31, 2011 - History - 544 pages
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In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow. In a twelve-year-period, in these killing fields - today's Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Western Russia and the eastern Baltic coast - an average of more than one million citizens were slaughtered every year, as a result of deliberate policies unrelated to combat.

In his revelatory book Timothy Snyder offers a ground-breaking investigation into the motives and methods of Stalin and Hitler and, using scholarly literature and primary sources, pays special attention to the testimony of the victims, including the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries on corpses. The result is a brilliantly researched, profoundly humane, authoritative and original book that forces us to re-examine the greatest tragedy in European history and re-think our past.

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Hard to read because of the subject matter... - Goodreads
This is a very thorough, well-researched book. - Goodreads
There's no happy ending. - Goodreads
Throughly researched, non-partisan and vast. - Goodreads
Several slip-ups show a lack of research. - Goodreads
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Full disclosure: I stopped reading the book after 150 pages because I had to return it to the library. Didn't pick up until nearly a full year later. I thought this book was great and very informative ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian Morris - Goodreads

It's obviously not the most uplifting of topics, but this is a well written account of the unspeakable horrors that the people who lived in the lands between Hitler and Stalin suffered. I think this ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Timothy Snyder received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997. He has held fellowships in Paris and Vienna, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He has written and edited a number of critically-acclaimed and prize-winning books about twentieth-century European history, including The Reconstruction of Nations, Sketches from a Secret War and The Red Prince. He is Professor of History at Yale University.

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