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Ice-Breaker: Who Started the Second World War?

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  515 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A historian, the Soviet defector Victor Suvorov tells the story of World War II as started not by Hitler, but by Stalin. He contends that Russia's part in starting the war was very much greater and much more sinister than has hitherto been assumed.
Hardcover, 364 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Viking Penguin (first published August 28th 1990)
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Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-russia
If Hitler had delayed the invasion of the Soviet Union by two weeks, Europe would today be speaking Russian and look much like East Germany prior to unification. That is the conclusion one draws from Suvorov's book.

Anyone with an interest in the history of the Second World War knows the general narrative of the German invasion of Russia June 22, 1941. Hitler fooled Stalin into signing the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, bribing him with the secret protocols dividing up Eastern Europe. This allowed Hitl
Dec 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
It realy made me to rethink the WW2.
May 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Book presnting Viktor Suvorov's theory on who started World War 2. Was it just for Nazi interests of getting Lebensraum? Or communistist officials of USSR also planned getting Europe for themselves?
Ints Brunenieks
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, ww-2, favorites
Grāmatu ieteica kāds poļu kolēģis pirms 2 gadiem. Internetā atradu oriģinālversiju krievu valodā un sāku lasīt. Toreiz lasīšanas process kaut kā nevedās, bet pēc latviešu valodas versijas iegūšanas īpašumā beidzot grāmatai pieķēros pamatīgāk. Likās , ka būs pagrūti lasīt dokumentālu darbu ar daudzām atsaucēm. Man par pārsteigumu darbs pat lasās ļoti ātri.
Suvorova apjomigais darbs man salika pa pareiziem plauktiņiem daudzus vēstures jautājumus: Molotova - Ribentropa pakts, Latvijas okupācija, ma
Arun M
May 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
A Book with lots of errors. Soviets intended to attack Germany in 1944 as 1944 was a key-year for Russia

1) The Purge of 1937 had wiped out most Soviet commanders and during the winter war, Soviets suffered massive casualties against an inferior Finland, which was an eye opener for Stalin

2) The Germans were desperately dependent on Rumanian oil(also because of the British blockade, could no longer import petroleum by sea.) and Hitler feared that if Stalin invaded Romania then war could be over wi
Sebastian Gebski
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
It seems I had some wrong expectations. Based on general opinion about author, I've expected some very juicy historical facts for pure entertainment. Unfortunately (at least for me), Suvorov has focused on just one thesis - that Stalin was aiming for WW the 2nd even more than Hitler did and all his actions that seems ridiculous (sometimes) were caused by that. Why is it a problem for me? Well, first 10% of the book is quite interesting, next 10% still kept me involved, but after that it gets mor ...more
Viktor Malafey
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war, historical
Логічне й послідовне доведення неймовірного факту, що Другу Світову війну розпочав СРСР.
Книга містить в собі величезну кількість фактів і доказів, всі вони взяті з відкритих джерел.
Не знаю, може автор нас і водить за носа. Але якщо і так, то я знімаю перед ним капелюха — це в нього виходить майстерно!
Книгу потрібно прочитати всім, хто цікавиться історією
Aleksander Honc
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent study, lefts one with a complete different view on WWII history
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Must read for any WWII students. Totally changed my perspective regarding the Eastern front and why Germany would unleash Operation Barbarosa.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Интересно. Я по натуре ленив и всю приводимую литературу не проверял, но раз на нее есть ссылки значит имеется подтверждение тезисам. Стоит ознакомится.
An interesting point of view on WW2's history. It lacks in terms of scientific objectivity and sometimes author gives desired for a fact, but still this book provides very interesting reading. The real truth may be between this theory and the one, which we used to consider an official version.
Radu Rafa
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartea este o argumentare convingatoare a inevitabilitatii celui de-al doilea razboi mondial. In fapt, al doilea razboi este urmare a celor doi monstrii creati de primul: noua Germanie falimentara si URSS.
Intre aceste doua puteri, autorul arata foarte convingator ca cea din urma a fost mai periculoasa decat cea dintai si ca daca Germania nu ar fi atacat prima, ar fi fost ea insasi atacata fulgerator de URSS.
De asemenea, se sublineaza importanta Romaniei in al doilea razboi, principalul furnizo
Ocena: 2.5/5. Największy problem jaki miałem z Lodołamaczem to fakt, że Suworow nie buduje narracji. Może innym to nie przeszkadza, ale ja lubię być prowadzony nitką myśli nawet w książce historycznej. Tutaj mamy raczej postawienie tezy i jej metodyczne i skrupulatne aż do bólu udowadnianie na wszystkich stronach, nie wyłączając ostatniej. Biorąc pod uwagę, że mnie akurat do tej tezy nie trzeba było specjalnie przekonywać, ten sposób prezentacji znużył mnie już na samym początku.

Mam wrażenie, ż
Bogusław Muraszko
Ta książka jest naprawdę świetna. Porusza niezwykle ciekawe i ważne zagadnienie. Czy Stalin miał w swoich planach złamać pakt Ribbentrop-Mołotow i uderzyć na Niemcy? Jak było, to prawie wszyscy wiemy z pobieranych kiedyś w szkole lekcji historii. Ale my wszyscy znamy raczej i niestety, sowiecką interpretację tego wydarzenia. Bo Wielka Wojenka Ojczyźniana jak mówią na nią Rosjanie, to tak samo zakłamana historia jak nasz na ten przykład, Szwedzki Potop w interpretacji Sienkiewicza, jak Targowica ...more
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suvorov makes a very convincing case that Stalin saw WWII as an opportunity to "liberate" Europe and Stalin was planning to attack Germany in July of 1941 and Hitler's attack on the USSR was preemptive. Had Stalin struck first it is beyond likely that most if not all of Europe would have been occupied by the USSR instead of just eastern Europe.

His argument that this lessens the guilt of Germany for engaging in aggressive war against the USSR is not in my opinion particularly important as German
Gaidis Balodis
Kārtējā grāmatiņa par 2 kaimiņu puikām H. un S., kuri ar savām brigadēm kariņu uzspēlēja arī manā pagalmā un kurus pēcāk par neganti izmīdītajām ģeorģīņu un pujeņu dobēm un izbiedētajiem kaķēniem sabāra nerimstoši piktā kaimiņu tante Nirnberga, visā notikušajā jandāliņā vainojot mazo delveri H., kaut gan grāmatiņā autors detalizēti ar neskaitāmām atsaucēm, faktiem un secinājumiem pierāda, ka jestro tingeltangeli jau gadiem rūpīgi perināja zellis S., kas, sasolot gardas bonbongas, veikli pagrūda ...more
Spencer Willardson
This book is one that makes you think. It is an alternative history of WWII in which Suvorov makes the case that Stalin propped up Hitler in order to use him to get the war started. This was part of Stalin's plan to take over Europe. Things went horribly wrong when Germany attacked Russia only weeks before Russia was set to attack Germany.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: war
While I do not agree with the premise of a planned Soviet 1941 invasion, I still learned a lot from this book. It illuminates Stalin's substantial role in the rise of Hitler and the outbreak of war in 1939. It also demonstrates Stalin's extensive preparations for an offensive war.
Dariusz Płochocki
Jaki jest Suworow i jego pogląd na to iż wojna radziecko-histlerowska miała wybuchnąć 6 lipca 1941 r. i doprowadzić do "wyzwolenia" całej Europy przez armia radziecką każdy wie, a jeśli nie wie zawsze warto po sztandarowy Lodołamacz sięgnąć.
Sławek Karwasz
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Trochę monotonna. Generalnie potwierdza założenia paktu Ribbentrop - Beck, ale używa trochę innych dat inwazji.
Сергей Кондрашин
Переворачивает все наши представления о Второй мировой войне. Читающим - читать сидя! :)
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dan Brown meets Feuchtwanger. a thrilling read, just don't take it too seriously.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Afar athyglisverð bók sem allir ættu að lesa.
Alex Carlsbad
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very thought provoking

I believe in asking questions and this book is an excellent primer on the devious way of thinking espoused by Nazis and communists alike.
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Former Soviet-Union army officer fled in 1978 to England. Where he worked as a teacher and a adviser for news agencies.

Author of a number of bestsellers about the history of the World War II, the Soviet Army special operations troops and military intelligence, and the Red Army.

He is one of the historians who believes that Hitler started the war against Russia to prevent Stalin attacking Germany f
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