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Shvoong Home>Books>Biographies>Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives Second Edition Review

Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives Second Edition

Book Review   by:mikeyleeray     Original Author: Allan Bullock
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In this epic biography, Allan Bullock puts the two most brutal monsters of the twentieth century, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin together and compares their similarities and contrasts as leaders. From their births in Austria and Georgia, through their upbringings and early education to their days of political agitation we see clearly the forming of their devastating characters. The book details both men''s rise to power, Hitler as the leader of a new party, the National Socialist German Worker''s Party and Stalin as the would be heir apparent (through much manipulation) of the legacy of Lenin and finally as the leader of the Communist party. Finally, we see their catastrophic collapse as Hitler begins to lose the war and retreats to the bunker where he would later end his life and Stalin, losing his grip both on power and his health lashes out at the people closest to him, including his own doctors before finally succumbing to his own death, still defiant at the end. The book concludes by examining the legacy of Hitler and Stalin and examining man''s inhumanity to man, that those under the two men, such as the brutal SS and SA and the NKVD (later the KGB) could be capable of such atrocities is a poignant reminder that despite all our technological advancements, humanity still has a very long way to go. As is written on the walls of Auschwitz those who do not remember history are bound to live through it again. In summary, this book is mandatory reading for those who wish to learn about 20th century Europe as well as those who still cling to the idea that socialism is the best model for society. I challenge them to read this book and still say that.
Published: April 26, 2007   
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