'A superb work of scholarship, full of revealing detail... Snyder does justice to the horror of his subject through the power of his storytelling' Sunday Times
'Superb and harrowing' Financial Times, Books of the Year
'A brave and original history' Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books
In the middle of Europe, in the middle of the twentieth century, the Nazi and Soviet regimes murdered fourteen million people in the bloodlands between Berlin and Moscow.In a twelve-year-period, in these killing fields todays Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Western Russia and the eastern Baltic coast an average of more than one million citizens were slaughtered every year, as a result of deliberate policies unrelated to combat.
In his revelatory book Timothy Snyder offers a ground-breaking investigation into the motives and methods of Stalin and Hitler and, using scholarly literature and primary sources, pays special attention to the testimony of the victims, including the letters home, the notes flung from trains, the diaries on corpses. The result is a brilliantly researched, profoundly humane, authoritative and original book that forces us to re-examine the greatest tragedy in European history and re-think our past.
Snyders painstaking arithmetic helps us acknowledge the anonymous dead and makes European history clearer' Sunday Herald
An excellent, authoritative and imaginative book, which tells the grim story of the greatest human and demographic tragedy in European history with exemplary clarity. Snyder set out to give a human face to the many millions of victims of totalitarianism. He has succeeded admirably Roger Moorhouse, BBC History Magazineshow more