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What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa…

What Stalin Knew: The Enigma of Barbarossa

by David E. Murphy

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By using those documents that escaped the secret archives before access was again closed, Murphy focuses on how Stalinist Russia went about the business of collecting military intelligence, and leaves no doubt that sufficient information had been collected so as that Stalin and his immediate circle should have been alert about the impending disaster. As for why a supreme cynic and paranoid such as Stalin allowed himself to be so duped, Murphy makes clear that he does not accept the revisionist attempts to treat Stalin in the mold of a 19th-century style power politician, and sees a committed Bolshevik who could not rise above his ideological preconceptions; that general war would be good for the spread of Marxism-Leninism.

Most poignant are the stories of men such as Ivan Proskurov (erstwhile head of Military Intelligence in the Red Army). Soviet soldiers who attempted to do their duty in defending the Russian state, and who were punished with death for having embarrassed the "Boss." Stalin having no desire to be reminded of his mistakes. ( )
  Shrike58 | Apr 12, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 030011981X, Paperback)

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 9/11 commission here—its report might have read a little like [this book]. . . .  Murphy brings to his subject both knowledge of Russian history and an insider’s grasp of how intelligence is gathered, analyzed and used—or not.”—Niall Ferguson, New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating and meticulously researched account of mistaken assumptions and errors of judgment that culminated in Hitler’s invasion of Russia in June 1941. Never before has this fateful period been so fully documented."—Henry A. Kissinger

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Murphy addresses one of the great mysteries of World War II: why the Soviet Union was so unprepared for the German attack in 1941. The highly efficient Soviet intelligence services warned Stalin several times about German preparations, but they were ignored. What led Stalin to make such an enormous blunder?… (more)

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Yale University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 030011981X, 0300107803

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