Historians are in general agreement that the Russian war effort to
defeat the invading Axis powers was the decisive factor for
securing an Allied victory and ending World War II. Now with
exclusive access to previously unavailable information from the
former KGB, GRU, and Presidential archives, and with the full
cooperation of Russian officials and historians, Richard Overy
tackles the many persisting questions surrounding this conflict.
Was Stalin a military genius? Was the defense of Mother Russia a
product of something greater than numbers of tanks and planes -- of
something deep within the Russian soul?
"Little, perhaps nothing, of the experience of most western
readers and historians", Overy writes, "will have prepared them for
what they will find in the history of Russia''s war".