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Author: Timothy Snyder Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2018 ISBN: 9781549116698
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From the bestselling author of On Tyranny comes 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 reading for anyone seeking to understand the central tragedy of modern history.

Bloodlands won twelve awards, was named to twelve best book-of-the-year lists, has been translated into more than thirty languages, and was a bestseller in six countries.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A startling new interpretation of the period…A stunning book.”

    New Yorker

  • “A brave and original history of mass killing in the twentieth century.”

    New York Review of Books

  • “A superb work of scholarship, full of revealing detail, cleverly compiled…and in places beautifully written…Snyder does justice to the horror of his subject through the power of storytelling.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “A magisterial work.”

    Foreign Affairs

  • “Snyder’s book is revisionist history of the best kind: in spare, closely argued prose, with meticulous use of statistics, he makes the reader rethink some of the best-known episodes in Europe’s modern history.”

    Economist (London)

  • “A chillingly systematic study…A significant work of staggering figures and scholarship.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Literary Hub Pick of Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade
  • Winner of the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature
  • Winner of the Hannah Arendt Prize in Political Thought
  • Winner of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal
  • Winner of the Leipzig Award for European Understanding
  • Winner of the Emerson Prize in the Humanities

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barb | 2/3/2014

    " Hard to believe this could happen so recently. I already knew about the Terror, and the famines, but to read the stories and see the numbersd is astounding. Incredible research. I have to admit, I find myself thinking "this is impossible, he must be wrong!" A great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Douglas | 1/4/2014

    " A great and terrible book about the greatest horror of the 20th Century - Nazi and Soviet mass murder in Eastern Europe. Chapter after chapter, it immerses the reader in the worst things in the world, without ever really becoming numbing or unbearable. The last chapter is a fearless moral conclusion, condemning the appropriation of victimhood, of lies and damn lies, and how those are not harmless (albiet odious) political devices, but have actually led to more killing. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/23/2013

    " Stunning story of the fate that fell to the lands unfortunate to fall between two of the 20th century's worst psychopaths. A good complement to "Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million" by Martin Amis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 12/3/2013

    " Excellent look at the complicated rise of two tyrants that for ever reshaped the world. A good historical look at the circumstances surrounding their rise to power. Well researched and well written. Although hard and grim reminder of psychotic actions driven by power. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 11/7/2013

    " Perhaps one of the most depressing -- yet necessary -- books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stanley | 10/29/2013

    " Grim reading, but the go-to book for detailed accounts of the murders committed by Hitler and Stalin against the peoples of Central and Eastern Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olegs | 10/20/2013

    " Great book! Perfect for those who are interested in the bloody history of Eastern Europe during the WWII and Stalin`s repressions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 8/9/2013

    " Although it describes events almost too terrible to read, an excellent and necessary lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 5/18/2012

    " Not a light read, either in style or substance, but it definitely gives a new perspective on genocide and the 20th century. I consider myself fairly well-versed in these topics, and this gave new-to-me information. I may purchase a copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/5/2012

    " An amazing and telling history of the lands between Russia and Germany which endured the brunt of both Hitler and Stalin's methods and motives of extermination of populations barely hinted at in the confines of the Holocaust "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/22/2012

    " Depressing book alright but deeply interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 3/19/2012

    " Too depressing. After reading about Stalin's deliberate starvation of the Ukraine, I couldn't go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaeta1 | 1/3/2012

    " "One death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic" --Stalin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/22/2011

    " A must read for those who don't learn history in school today. A true account of how man can be cruel and evil in the name of their government. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 May | 5/10/2011

    " A litany of death coloured by individual lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olegs | 4/23/2011

    " Great book! Perfect for those who are interested in the bloody history of Eastern Europe during the WWII and Stalin`s repressions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darosenthal | 4/17/2011

    " Though Professor Snyder's account occasionally bogs down with apparatchik in-fights, he challenges the mind's capacity for horror as this once-multinational landscape is alternately transported, butchered, and starved into a war-shocked, Jewless state. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 4/8/2011

    " Horribly disturbing, but fills in a lot of pre- and WWII events that you never heard about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/7/2011

    " Interesting study of how most intentional murder during WWII done by Germans and Russians occurred in area of Eastern Europe between Germany and Russia. But not very well written and in much need of editing (i.e., way too long for what it said). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 4/1/2011

    " Made it through half and skimmed the rest. This book was a beating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Davehbo | 3/22/2011

    " Excellent look at Holocaust from a different view. Russia/Germany war. Explains different ideas for Final Solution. Things evolved, and this author was on top of it. "

About the Author

Timothy Snyder, the Levin Professor of History at Yale University, is the award–winning author of the books of history, including the New York Times bestseller Black Earth.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.