Howard Olsen's Reviews > Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder
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May 06, 2011

it was amazing

a great idea: write a book about the areas in Central and Eastern Europe that suffered first under the fist of Stalinist Russia, then Hitler's Germany, and then Stalin again. Snyder starts with the Ukraine Famine and then moves on to one grim atrocity after another. The scale of the death and destruction that Snyder documents is truly mind-boggling. The book does provide a definitive answer to the question, who was worse, Stalin or Hitler? The answer has to be Hitler. While Stalin might have killed millions through bad ideology, Hitler's death machine was much more cruel and sadistic. By the end of WW2, places like Ukraine, Belarus, and parts of Poland had lost a third of their populations, a tragedy that the world has never really grasped ,or even readily acknowledged. This deserved a Pulitzer.

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