On the precipice : Stalin, the Red Army leadership and the road to Stalingrad, 1931-1942
- Peter Mezhiritsky ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton.
- Uniform Title
- Chitai͡a marshala Zhukova. English
- Solihull, West Midlands : Helion & Company Ltd, 2012.
- Physical description
- iv, 399 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
- Mezhirit͡skiĭ, Petr.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 389-391) and index.
Exhaustive knowledge of Soviet life, politics and censorship, including the phraseology in which Communist statesmen were allowed to narrate their biographical events, gave Peter Mezhiritskiy sharp tools for the analysis of Zhukov's memoirs. The reader will learn about the abundance of awkward events that strangely and fortuitously occurred in good time for Stalin's rise to power, about the hidden connection between the purges, the Munich appeasement and the German occupation of Czechoslovakia, and about the real reason why it took so long to liquidate Paulus' Sixth Army at Stalingrad. Mezhiritskiy presents a clear picture of the purges which promoted incompetent and poorly educated commanders to higher levels of command, leaving the Soviet Union poorly prepared for a war against the Wehrmacht military machine, and offers alternative explanations for many prewar and wartime events. The second part of the book is dedicated to the course of the Great Patriotic War, much of which is still little known to the vast majority of Western readers. While not fully justifying Zhukov's actions, Mezhiritskiy also reveals the main reason for the bloody strategy chosen by Zhukov and the General Staff in the defensive period of the War. In general, he shares and argues Marshal Vasilevsky's conviction that if there had been no purges, the war would not have occurred. On the Precipice became widely known to the Russian-reading public on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the last ten years its quotations have been used as an essential argument in almost all the debates about the World War II.
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- Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953
- Zhukov, Georgiĭ Konstantinovich, 1896-1974.
- Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹi͡anskai͡a Krasnai͡a Armii͡a > History.
- Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹi͡anskai͡a Krasnai͡a Armii͡a > History > World War, 1939-1945.
- World War, 1939-1945 > Soviet Union.
- World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Eastern Front.
- Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943.
- Marshals > Soviet Union > Biography.
- Soviet Union > History > 1925-1953.
- Publication date
- "Originally published as Chitaia Marshala Zhukova, 4th ed. (New York : Libes, 2008)"--Title page verso.
- 9781907677724 (hbk)
- 1907677720 (hbk)
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