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A bold new accounting of the great social and political upheavals that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945 from the Russian Revolution through the Second World War. In "Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler," acclaimed historian Robert Gellately focuses on the dominant powers of the time, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, but also analyzes the catastrophe of those years in an effort to uncover its political and ideological nature. Arguing that the tragedies endured by Europe were inextricably linked through the dictatorships of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, Gellately explains how the pursuit of their utopian ideals turned into dystopian nightmares. Dismantling the myth of Lenin as a relatively benevolent precursor to Hitler and Stalin and contrasting the divergent ways that Hitler and Stalin achieved their calamitous goals, Gellately creates in "Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler" a vital analysis of a critical period in modern history."
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Robert Gellately is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at Florida State University and recently was the Bertelsmann Visiting Professor of Twentieth Century Jewish Politics and History at Oxford University. He is the author of The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy, 1933--1945 and Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany. He was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Sophisticated . . . scholarly and very readable. . . . [Gellately] rips up the accepted versions of this terrible period and analyzes it on the evidence that we now have. Simon Sebag Montefiore, "The Washington Post Book World" Mr. Gellately sets a high standard for anyone writing about comparative dictatorship. . . . Lucid prose and vivid examples make the book admirably accessible to non-specialists. "The Economist" Intriguing. . . . An excellent overview of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism. . . . Gellately performs a very useful public service. "The New York Sun" Clearly written and massive documented. . . . the full story has finally been told. "The Buffalo News"" "Sophisticated . . . scholarly and very readable. . . . [Gellately] rips up the accepted versions of this terrible period and analyzes it on the evidence that we now have." --Simon Sebag Montefiore, The Washington Post Book World"Mr. Gellately sets a high standard for anyone writing about comparative dictatorship. . . . Lucid prose and vivid examples make the book admirably accessible to non-specialists." --The Economist "Intriguing. . . . An excellent overview of Nazi and Soviet totalitarianism. . . . Gellately performs a very useful public service." --The New York Sun "Clearly written and massive documented. . . . the full story has finally been told." --The Buffalo News "Sensible and sophisticated, scholarly and very readable. It's time to rip up the accepted versions of this terrible period and analyze it on the evidence that we now have. Gellately has done just that."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, "The Washington Post""Mr. Gellately sets a high standard for anyone writing about comparative dictatorship . . . Lucid prose and vivid examples make the book admirably accessible to non-specialists. But it also engages expertly in one of the most closely fought historiographical battles of past decades."--"The Economist""A most impressive account of the tragedies that befell the world during the first half of the twentieth century. Not the least merit of his book is that, unlike most historians who treat Lenin as a well-meaning idealist, he places him alongside Stalin and Hitler as a founder of modern barbarism."--Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, Harvard University "A very fine historian traces the deep historic connections between the presumed enemies, Communists and Nazis, noting their distinctiveness and similarities; a special virtue of his well-researched book is his emphasis on Lenin as the first monster in the monstrous period he depicts so well; the title notwithstanding, the book is also a social history of unprecedented suffering. A most readable and persuasive account, especially strong on the Soviet side."--Fritz Stern, author of "Gold and Iron" "From the Hardcover edition." "Mr. Gellately sets a high standard for anyone writing about comparative dictatorship . . . Lucid prose and vivid examples make the book admirably accessible to non-specialists. But it also engages expertly in one of the most closely fought historiographical battles of past decades."--"The Economist""A most impressive account of the tragedies that befell the world during the first half of the twentieth century. Not the least merit of his book is that, unlike most historians who treat Lenin as a well-meaning idealist, he places him alongside Stalin and Hitler as a founder of modern barbarism."--Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, Harvard University "A very fine historian traces the deep historic connections between the presumed enemies, Communists and Nazis, noting their distinctiveness and similarities; a special virtue of his well-researched book is his emphasis on Lenin as the first monster in the monstrous period he depicts so well; the title notwithstanding, the book is also a social history of unprecedented suffering. A most readable and persuasive account, especially strong on the Soviet side."--Fritz Stern, author of "Gold and Iron" " A most impressive account of the tragedies that befell the world during the first half of the twentieth century. Not the least merit of his book is that, unlike most historians who treat Lenin as a well-meaning idealist, he places him alongside Stalin and Hitler as a founder of modern barbarism." --Richard Pipes, Baird Professor of History, Emeritus, Harvard University " A very fine historian traces the deep historic connections between the presumed enemies, Communists and Nazis, noting their distinctiveness and similarities; a special virtue of his well-researched book is his emphasis on Lenin as the first monster in the monstrous period he depicts so well; the title notwithstanding, the book is also a social history of unprecedented suffering. A most readable and persuasive account, especially strong on the Soviet side." --Fritz Stern, author of "Gold and Iron"

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