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June 1941: Hitler and Stalin

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  110 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
This brilliant new work by the author of the best-selling Five Days in London, May 1940 is an unparalleled drama of two great leaders confronting each other in June 1941. It describes Hitler and Stalin’s strange, calculating, and miscalculating relationship before the German invasion of Soviet Russia, with its gigantic (and unintended) consequences. John Lukacs questions m ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 28th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published 2006)
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David Farrell
Apr 23, 2016 David Farrell rated it liked it
Shelves: europe-russia
I enjoyed this book; while many books about war and strategy focus on collective or national policy making processes, we sometimes forget how important strong willed individuals are to national level decisions that impact countries, regions, and history. This book focused on the personal relationship between Hitler and Stalin (with some Churchill on the side...) in the lead up to Germany's attack on Russia during World War II. It examined their methods of communications, their respect/disrespect ...more
Paul Loong
Aug 06, 2011 Paul Loong rated it liked it
A short book on what Hitler and Stalin might have thought before the invasion of Soviet Union. I agree with other reviewers that there are more questions than answers given in this book. However, I do think it is difficult to give answers when most of the facts were classified or had been destroyed. Moreover, as said by the author, the given 'fact' may even be forgery. He had pointed out some information given in other books which he believed was not true. Although he has some standing point, th ...more
History is subject to interpretation, ideological persuasion, the passage of time and sources [plus other variables]. The history of WWII and the Great Powers relations during the 20th Century are shrouded in multiple interpretations and reinterpretations to suit a range of goals. I've read a number of books dealing with this period including Stalin's Folly [which I thought seemed pretty good but which Lukacs makes disparaging remarks about without being specific] and found them interesting yet ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, history
Such is the irony of history - or, rather, the alchemy of the human mind.

This is the first history book I've read from front to back. I'm not sure what I think.

Keeping in mind that I am no history professor, in my opinion the book isn't very clear. Countless times Lukacs strays off to take about related matters surrounding ww2 or Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, but then reminds the reader jarringly that this is a short book about Hitler and Stalin and return to focus on other things. In par
May 30, 2016 Oscar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: segunda-guerra
Se trata de un trabajo academico. Milimetrico. Analiza un periodo corto de tiempo (poco antes, durante, y poco despues del inicio de Barbarroja) Lo hace de forma estrictamente documentada, minuto a minuto, a ambos lados. Indispensable para comprender muchas cosas.
Mikey B.
Jan 28, 2013 Mikey B. rated it really liked it
There is not a great deal that is new in this – but the focus on the German invasion of the Soviet Union is definitely an enthralling topic. Mr. Lukacs does well to emphasize the two main protagonists; this should come as no surprise as Mr.Lukacs believes that history is predominantly the making of individuals, not movements or causes. He also emphasizes the center points of Moscow, Berlin, London and Washington (and Tokyo as the Germans had spies there). He examines how these points shifted ove ...more
Oct 15, 2012 Craig rated it really liked it
Mmmmmmmmm.....this book is quite an enigma, a very short enigma. Somehow I expected a little more from it, but got to the end (within 24 hours) and found it either hard to believe the evidence presented, or the just plain boring. Actually it was in the middle, and ended up to being as critical as I thinking could have been when I first started out. I know the book was meant to cover just one date in history, but I would have liked it to be a little more gutsy.
Mark Maguire
Aug 12, 2016 Mark Maguire rated it really liked it
A stunning account of the titanic clash between former uneasy allies, culminating in the horrific war on the Eastern Front. Compelling and utterly gripping from the start, this should be considered essential reading for those seeking to advance their understanding of this monumental conflict.
Dec 25, 2009 David rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-history
A brief, readable essay on the prelude to and first days of the German invasion of Russia. Lukacs, an adherent of the "great man" theory of history, concentrates on Hitler and Stalin's views and attitudes.

Quite readable and interesting as a popular summary of the episode.
Rebecca Stuhr
Jul 28, 2011 Rebecca Stuhr rated it really liked it
This was easy to digest history, but evidenced based. Lukacs has a flip attitude, is free with his adverbs and adjectives. But, I learned some thing new.
Mick Maye
May 26, 2011 Mick Maye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
Brief concise examination of the month of the start of Barbarossa concentrating on Hitler and Stalin. Very enjoyable.
This book isn't worth paper it's printed on.
Jun 18, 2008 Robt. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

A little light, by Lukacs' standards.
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Lukacs was born in Budapest to a Roman Catholic father and Jewish mother. His parents divorced before the Second World War. During the Second World War he was forced to serve in a Hungarian labour battalion for Jews. During the German occupation of Hungary in 1944-45 he evaded deportation to the death camps, and survived the siege of Budapest. In 1946, as it became clear that Hungary was going to ...more
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