Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945

Picador - Sixty years have passed since their epic triumph, but the heart and mind of Ivan -- as the ordinary Russian soldier was called -- remain a mystery. They were the men and women of the red Army, a ragtag mass of soldiers who confronted Europe's most lethal fighting force and by 1945 had defeated it. In the process merridale restores to history the invisible millions who sacrificed the most to win the war.

Drawing on previously closed military and secret police archives, and private letters and diaries, interviews with veterans, Catherine Merridale presents the first comprehensive history of the Soviet Union Army rank and file. We know something about hoe the soldiers died, how they saw the world, but nearly nothing about how they lived, or why they fought.

Ivan's War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 - Through the soldiers' eyes, we witness their victorious arrival in Berlin, and accompany them as they return home full of hope, where their rage and suffering exact an awful toll, only to be denied the new life they had been fighting to secure. A tour de force of original research and a gripping history, anger, Ivan's War reveals the singular mixture of courage, and fear that made it possible for these underfed, patriotism, badly led troops to defeat the Nazi army.

A powerful, eight million died, based on newly revealed sourcesOf the thirty million who fought in the eastern front of World War II, groundbreaking narrative of the ordinary Russian soldier's experience of the worst war in history, driven forward in suicidal charges, shattered by German shells and tanks.

She follows the soldiers from the shock of the German invasion to their costly triumph in Stalingrad, where life expectancy was often a mere twenty-four hours.

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War

Pantheon - . A powerful, moving, and evenhanded history that is sorely needed in both America and Japan. Drawing on american and japanese songs, propaganda films, cartoons, and a wealth of other documents of the time, secret reports, slogans, Dower opens up a whole new way of looking at that bitter struggle of four and a half decades ago and its ramifications in our lives today.

. With eloquence, crushing detail, and power. ”. Winner of the national book critics circle award an american book award finalist now in paperback, war without mercy has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most original and important books to be written about the war between Japan and the United States.

War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War - In this monumental history, professor john dower reveals a hidden, explosive dimension of the Pacific War—race—while writing what John Toland has called “a landmark book. Reischauer, former ambassador to Japan, has pointed out, this book offers “a lesson that the postwar generations need most .

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Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945

Penguin Books - Was stalin a military genius? was the defense of Mother Russia a product of something greater than numbers of tanks and planes--of something deep within the Russian soul? Now with access to the wealth of film archives and interview material from Russia used to produce the ten-hour television documentary Russia's War, Richard Overy tackles the many persuasive questions surrounding this conflict.

A penetrating and compassionate book on the most gigantic military struggle in world history. The new york times Book Review"An extraordinary tale. Overy's engrossing book provides extensive details of teh slaughter, brutality, bitterness and destruction on the massive front from the White Sea to the flank of Asia.

Russia's War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945 - Chicago tribune the russian war effort to defeat invading Axis powers, an effort that assembled the largest military force in recorded history and that cost the lives of more than 25 million Soviet soldiers and civilians, was the decisive factor for securing an Allied victory.

A People's History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire

Pluto Press - Using examples from countries under the nazi heel, in the colonies and within the Axis and Allied camps, Gluckstein brings to life the very different struggle of the people's and resistance movements which proliferated during the war. Donny gluckstein shows that in fact between 1939 and 1945 two distinct wars were fought – one ‘from above’ and one ‘from below’.

. A people's history of the second World War unearths the fascinating history of the war as fought 'from below'. He shows how they fought not just fascism, but colonialism and empire, and were betrayed by the Allies at the war’s end. This book will fundamentally challenge our understanding of the Second World War – both about the people who fought it and the reasons for which it was fought.

A People's History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire - Until now, the vast majority of historical accounts have focussed on the conflict between the Allied and Axis powers for imperialist mastery. Used book in Good Condition.

No Clear And Present Danger: A Skeptical View Of The UNited States Entry Into World War II

Westview Press - Used book in Good Condition. With the end of the cold War, the United States is now the world's only superpower. Much more could be done by way of financial assistance as well as consistent ideological and technical support to create a more democratic and interdependent environment within which peace can be secured.

If the vietnam war derived in substantial part from an overconfident and unilateral interpretation of history, that is a mistake from which we can still learn. But i hold to much of the basic perspective of this book as offering some guidance for fellow “cooperative internationalists. The power to shape international affairs is limited; military intervention is a costly, blunt, and dangerous instrument.

No Clear And Present Danger: A Skeptical View Of The UNited States Entry Into World War II - Maybe that's just as well. I do believe there are appropriate circumstances for military action in international affairs. Yet the will to a broadly internationalist foreign policy cannot currently be found in the United States. In most circumstances i do not believe that it is desirable, effective, or just to try to spread democracy or other American values by force of arms.

From the preface to the Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition:This was a controversial book, and likely remains so. The world 25 years later looks quite different. Used book in Good Condition.

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II

Random House Trade Paperbacks - Together, this symphony of voices reveals a different aspect of the war—the everyday details of life in combat left out of the official histories. The winner of the nobel prize in literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time. A landmark. Timothy snyder, author of on tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century “An astonishing book, harrowing and life-affirming.

. These women—more than a million in total—were nurses and doctors, machine-gunners, tank drivers, pilots, and snipers. She has consistently chronicled that which has been intentionally forgotten. Masha gessen,  national book award–winning author of The Future Is History Used book in Good Condition.

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II - . A history of the soul. In the unwomanly face of war, on the home front, Alexievich chronicles the experiences of the Soviet women who fought on the front lines, and in the occupied territories. They battled alongside men, after the victory, and yet, their efforts and sacrifices were forgotten. A long-awaited english translation of the groundbreaking oral history of women in world war ii across europe and russia—from the winner of the nobel prize in LiteratureNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post • The Guardian • NPR • The Economist • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel • Kirkus ReviewsFor more than three decades, Svetlana Alexievich has been the memory and conscience of the twentieth century.

The Drowned and the Saved

Simon & Schuster - His last book before his death, Levi returns to the subject that would define his reputation as a writer and a witness. He shares how difficult it is for him to tell his experiences with his children and friends. As the holocaust recedes into the past and fewer and fewer survivors are left to tell their stories, The Drowned and the Saved is a vital first-person testament.

He also debunks the myth that most of the Germans were in the dark about the Final Solution or that Jews never attempted to escape the camps. Used book in Good Condition. Along with elie wiesel and hannah arendt, primo Levi is remembered as one of the most powerful and perceptive writers on the Holocaust and the Jewish experience during World War II.

The Drowned and the Saved - Levi breaks his book into eight essays, ranging from topics like the unreliability of memory to how violence twists both the victim and the victimizer. Reading primo levi is a lesson in the resiliency of the human spirit. Used book in Good Condition. This is an essential book both for students and literary readers.

In his final book before his death, resiliency, Primo Levi returns once more to his time at Auschwitz in a moving meditation on memory, and the struggle to comprehend unimaginable tragedy. Drawing on history, philosophy, and his own personal experiences, Levi asks if we have already begun to forget about the Holocaust.

Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East

University Press of Kentucky - Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. As the key theater of the war for the Germans, the eastern front consumed enormous levels of resources and accounted for 75 percent of all German casualties. Fritz bridges the gap in scholarship by incorporating historical research from the last several decades into an accessible, comprehensive, and coherent narrative.

This in-depth account challenges accepted notions about World War II and promotes greater understanding of a topic that has been neglected by historians. Despite the significance of this campaign to Germany and to the war as a whole, few English-language publications of the last thirty-five years have addressed these pivotal events.

Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East - In ostkrieg: hitler's War of Extermination in the East, Stephen G. On june 22, 1941, germany launched the greatest land assault in history on the Soviet Union, an attack that Adolf Hitler deemed crucial to ensure German economic and political survival. His analysis of the russo-german war from a german perspective covers all aspects of the eastern front, demonstrating the interrelation of military events, resource exploitation, economic policy, and racial policy that first motivated the invasion.

Strange Defeat

W. W. Norton & Company - Brogan, spectator Used book in Good Condition. Bloch takes a close look at the military failures he witnessed, examining why France was unable to respond to attack quickly and effectively. W. He gives a personal account of the battle of France, followed by a biting analysis of the generation between the wars.

In the midst of his anguish, he nevertheless "brought to his study of the crisis all the critical faculty and all the penetrating analysis of a first-rate historian" Christian Science Monitor. J. Philip, new york times book review "the most wisdom-packed commentary on the problem set before all intelligent and patriotic Frenchmen by the events of 1940

Strange Defeat - D. Marc bloch wrote strange defeat during the three months following the fall of France, after he returned home from military service. A renowned historian and resistance fighter ― later executed by the Nazis ― analyzes at first hand why France fell in 1940 Used book in Good Condition. His harsh conclusion is that the immediate cause of the disaster was the utter incompetence of the High Command, appraising all the factors, but his analysis ranges broadly, social as well as military, which since 1870 had undermined French national solidarity.

Much has been, and will be, written in explanation of the defeat of France in 1940, but it seems unlikely that the truth of the matter will ever be more accurately and more vividly presented than in this statement of evidence. P.

A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II

Cambridge University Press - Used book in Good Condition. Starting with the changes that restructured Europe and its colonies following the First World War, Gerhard Weinberg sheds new light on every aspect of World War II. In a new edition featuring a new preface, A World of Arms remains a classic of global history. Widely hailed as a masterpiece, this volume remains the first history of World War II to provide a truly global account of the war that encompassed six continents.

Actions of the axis, the Allies, and the Neutrals are covered in every theater of the war. Used book in Good Condition. More importantly, the global nature of the war is examined, with new insights into how events in one corner of the world helped affect events in often distant areas. Used book in Good Condition.

Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food

Penguin Books - Used book in Good Condition. A new york times notable book of 2012food, and in particular the lack of it, was central to the experience of World War II. Focusing on both the winners and losers in the battle for food, particularly in India, The Taste of War brings to light the striking fact that war-related hunger and famine was not only caused by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, but was also the result of Allied mismanagement and neglect, Africa and China.

American dominance both during and after the war was not only a result of the United States' immense industrial production but also of its abundance of food. This book traces the establishment of a global pattern of food production and distribution and shows how the war subsequently promoted the pervasive influence of American food habits and tastes in the post-war world.

Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food - How were the imperial ambitions of germany and japan - ambitions which sowed the seeds of war - informed by a desire for self-sufficiency in food production? How was the outcome of the war affected by the decisions that the Allies and the Axis took over how to feed their troops? And how did the distinctive ideologies of the different combatant countries determine their attitudes towards those they had to feed?Tracing the interaction between food and strategy, on both the military and home fronts, this gripping, original account demonstrates how the issue of access to food was a driving force within Nazi policy and contributed to the decision to murder hundreds of thousands of 'useless eaters' in Europe.

A work of great scope, the taste of War connects the broad sweep of history to its intimate impact upon the lives of individuals. Used book in Good Condition. Penguin Books. Used book in Good Condition.