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What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This extensively researched book illuminates many of the enigmas that have surrounded the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, offering keen insights into Stalin’s thinking and the reasons for his catastrophic blunder.

“If, after the war, the Soviet Union had somehow been capable of producing an official inquiry into the catastrophe of 6/22—comparable in its mandate to the 9/
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Yale University Press (first published June 11th 2005)
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Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Murphy puts all the sources disposable to Stalin alongside and shows that almost all of them pointed in the direction that Hitler would attack, with reasonable indications of the date.

The intelligence sources involved were the NKVD Foreign Intelligence Service which controlled foreign operatives across Europe and kept up listening operations at foreign embassies in the SU. The NKVD also used railway personnel on the trains delivering goods to Germany as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to gat
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Hate to be a downer, but I really didn't care for this book. It was meticulously researched in terms of what Stalin should have known, but the story was quite choppy and the coherent threads of the narrative were few and far between. Not nearly enough weight was given to Stalin's (justifiable) fear that the West would enjoy the destruction of the Soviet Union by Germany and his misplaced confidence that the new territories gained by the Soviets as part of the non-aggression pact would be a usefu ...more
Andrew Davis
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
An interesting episode in history of II World War about information passed on to Stalin about intended German invasion in June 1941. It quotes multiple sources, including soviet spy in German embassy in Tokyo - Richard Sorge, spies in Germany and other European cities. The most interesting is a story of Ivan Proskurov, chief of military intelligence and chief of armed forces of seventh army just before the war. He criticised training methods and equipment of air forces in front of Stalin. He rig ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leaves little doubt that Stalin was presented with overwhelming reliable evidence that Hitlerite Germany was going to invade from March 1941 until June 22, 1941. Argues that Stalin's rigid ideology (and need to repress perceived internal threats) dominated his decisionmaking. Poses the irony that the man who trusted nobody, probably trusted Hitler.

Way interesting.

Dave Morris
Exquisitely researched and exhaustively reported history of the intelligence resources available to Stalin before and in the first year after the invasion of Russia. Some if the detail is skimmable, but overall this is a worthwhile read for those interested in the period.
Carl Von Clausewitz
Incredible how Stalin refused to believe Hitler was about to invade. Book provides many sources of proof that Stalin ignored.
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