Timothy Snyder – Bloodlands


From the best-selling author of On Tyranny, the definitive history of Hitler’s and Stalin’s wars against the civilians of Europe in World War Two.

Americans call the Second World War “The Good War.” But before it even began, America’s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens – and kept killing them during and after the war. Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Europeans. At war’s end, both the German and the Soviet killing sites fell behind the iron curtain, leaving the history of mass killing in darkness.

Bloodlands is a new kind of European history, presenting the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred: between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power. Assiduously researched, deeply humane, and utterly definitive, Bloodlands will be required listening for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

Bloodlands won 12 awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities, a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought. It has been translated into more than 30 languages, was named to 12 book-of-the-year lists, and was a best seller in six countries.

Author: Timothy Snyder
Narrator: Ralph Cosham
Duration: 18 hours 16 minutes
Released: 18 Dec 2010
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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This book covers a period of time already known to be a stain on civilization but with new focus. The Bloodlands are a region that could not have been more poorly positioned between two murderous dictators at the height of their power.

The book outlines dismissal of the humanity of an estimated 14,000,000 people and their violent demise at the hands of Hitler and Stalin. In an investigation not well covered in most history books this work by Snyder is at times exceedingly difficult to get through given the visuals his words illuminate.

I listened to this book while commuting and found myself reflecting on the ease of our modern lives wondering how this could have happened as recently as the youth of my grandparents. Not for the faint of heart but a must have for any history connoisseur.