On the Precipice: Stalin, the Red Army Leadership and the Road to Stalingrad 1931-42, Peter Mezhiritsky.
An account of the road to Stalingrad loosely based around a
discussion of Marshal Zhukov's memoirs, but focusing on Stalin's role
in the catastrophes that almost overwhelmed the Soviet Union after the
German invasion of 1941. Often conversational in tone, and with a
tendency to indulge in flights of fantasy and speculation, this is
still an entertaining read that provides an interesting point of view
on this devastating period.
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