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What the description doesn't tell you but what you learn in the first few minutes of the introduction is that this book was written to cater to Stalin's personal beliefs, not to present fact. So this book is a good work for describing how the Soviets viewed Hitler and Germany after the fact. This book is not very good history, being based almost solely on the accounts of two minor members of Hitler's staff. It is full of errors, omissions, and distortions. So as a book on the Soviet state of mind, it is worth reading. As a book about Hitler, you could do much better elsewhere.
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After reading this book I must say that I was deeply disappointed in the myopic view of this book. Granted this was written by the soviet for the soviets but if you new nothing about WWII history before you read this book you would never know that the United States, England and the other allies participated in the war. Topics like the D-Day invasion, The Battle of the Bulge, and the North Africa campaign are barely mentioned. According to the book it was the "great soviet army" that won the war and not the Allied Expedetionary Force. With the exception of one refrence to Buchenwald there is no mention of the Holocoust.
My recommendation would be to find a book that has a more electic covering of Hitlers life that includes more that the cingular point of view that the soviets express in this book.
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