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The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin, And The Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941
The Deadly Embrace: Hitler, Stalin, And The Nazi-Soviet Pact, 1939-1941
By Anthony Reed and David Fisher
Norton, 1988, 675 pp.

A dramatic retelling of German-Soviet relations from the months of diplomatic groping toward a pact by these two ideological opponents to the day of the German attack on the Soviet Union. A critical moment in the history of Europe, but there is little that is new in the work; novelistic or atmospheric touches take the place of historical analysis. The authors, well-known BBC men, produce a racy effort at haute vulgarisation. An inflated work, which pruning would have improved; a book on themes that deserve more serious study.