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1941: The Year Germany Lost the War

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Bestselling historian Andrew Nagorski takes a fresh look at the decisive year 1941, when Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance that defeated Nazi Germany.

In early 1941, Hitler’s armies ruled most of Europe. Churchill’s Britain was an isolated holdout against the Nazi tide, but German bombers were at
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Elizabeth George
I wish there was something between "really liked it" and "it was amazing." This is a terrific book. The author lays out the history of the fateful year--1941--in which Hitler, believing he knew more than his generals, decided to invade Russia. Before reading the book, I knew how that invasion ended, but what I didn't know was how successful it was initially. Nor did I know that the German army was told to defy all "rules of war" (what an oxymoron that is) and to murder noncombatants outright, to ...more
Maine Colonial
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, world-war-ii
I received a free digital review copy from the publisher, via Netgalley.

It must be frustrating to be an expert advisor to an impetuous and power-mad leader who thinks he knows better than the experts in any field. Nagorski gives the example of the military and financial advisors who told Hitler in the late 1930s he shouldn’t be aggressive, because France, Britain, the USSR—and the US if it came to that—would be able to come up with greater sustained military resources in the future.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well-researched and thoroughly interesting read. I learned a lot from this book. Normally when I read WWII books I mostly focus on topics such as the Holocaust as well as how everyday people lived during the war throughout the various countries involved. I usually get lost with books that focus on the logistics of warfare during WWII. Nagorski presents this information but also ties it into Hitler and Stalin's mindset during this period and what decisions they chose to make. The book also focu ...more
Bill Manzi
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice look at what author Andrew Nagorski considers to be the pivotal year of World War II, 1941, where the tide of war turned against the German war machine. Hard to argue that 1941 saw the events and decisions made on all sides that led to the eventual defeat of Germany and the destruction of Hitlerism.

For those that have studied the war there is not much new here, but despite that the book is a good read that brings some excellent perspective to the war. That perspective does include the di
Charles Inglin
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author makes the case that the decisions made during 1941, particularly by Hitler and Stalin, made the outcome of the war inevitable. The single biggest wrong decision was, of course, Hitler's decision to invade the Soviet Union before finishing the war with England. A second significant error was Hitler's decision that Kiev and the resources of the Ukraine must be taken and forces diverted from the drive on Moscow. When the push to take Moscow resume vital weeks had been lost, as well as re ...more
Scott Martin
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
(Audiobook) This work takes the premise that Germany, while it held a very strong strategic position in 1941, was sowing the seeds of its eventual downfall. This work mainly focuses on Germany's campaign against the Soviet Union, pointing out that even with all the initial military successes, Germany put itself on a losing path, primarily since it had not defeated England before turning to the USSR. Additionally, the work notes that England, and to an extent, the USSR, worked with the US to try ...more
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and informative, this is one of the better books to come out recently on WWII. At times it gets a bit bogged down in anecdotal narrative, however there are many little stories that are interesting that were new to me. And that made the book even better.

The narrative is mostly on a high level looking at the key decisions that lost the war for Hitler, not just those on the German side, but the Allies as well. Little things like Stalin deciding not to leave Moscow at the last moment and
Larry Turner
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good narrative retelling of the war’s most eventful year.

Much of this book will not be new to those well acquainted with World War ll history, but focusing on one year of the conflict gives this book an excellent focus on all the issues on which the outcome ultimately turned.
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Good book for those with little to no knowledge of the period. But it adds nothing new to those who have read about the era.
Rami Yoakum
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty good read. The author sets out to document the reasons why events that occurred in 1941 led to Germany's defeat in WWII and he does so.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1941: The Year Germany Lost the War is an interesting book to read. It is getting five plus stars from me. Readers who enjoy World War II non fiction will enjoy it.
Pete Pace
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many reveals you would not have known....
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A very good book on how the Germans made major mistakes from the invasion of the Soviet Union, not concentrating on taking Moscow, the declaration of war against the U.S., and other reasons as well.
Mark B
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book read like a good Grisham novel.
Boris Minkin
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting history of 1941.
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From back cover:
Andrew Nagorski, award-winning journalist, is vice president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, a New York-based international affairs think tank. During a long career at Newsweek, he served as the magazine's bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin. He lives in Pelham Manor, New York.