The Chief Culprit: Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II

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Naval Institute Press, 2008 - History - 328 pages
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"Suvorov debunks the theory that Stalin was duped by Hitler and that the Soviet Union was a victim of Nazi aggression. Instead, he makes the case that Stalin neither feared Hitler nor mistakenly trusted him. Suvorov maintains that after Germany occupied Poland, defeated France, and started to prepare for an invasion of Great Britain, Hitler's intelligence services detected the Soviet Union's preparations for a major war against Germany. This detection, he argues, led to Germany's preemptive war plan and the launch of an invasion of the USSR. Stalin emerges from the pages of this book as a diabolical genius consumed by visions of a worldwide Communist revolution at any cost - a leader who wooed Hitler and Germany in his own effort to conquer the world."--BOOK JACKET.

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Suvorov makes a very persuasive case that the Red Army, far from being the bungling, ill-equipped force overrun by the Germans in their surprise attack on the Soviet Union, was in fact in possession ... Read full review

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Suvorov, a former Soviet army officer who defected to the UK in 1978, writes in his acknowledgments, "It quickly became apparent that the Western academic community was reluctant as the Communist ... Read full review


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Viktor Suvorov is the author of eighteen books that have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy and Icebreaker: Who Started the Second World War? A Soviet army officer who served in military intelligence, he defected in 1978 to the United Kingdom, where he worked as an intelligence analyst and lecturer. He lives in England.

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