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Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov (udgave 2012)

af Geoffrey Roberts (Forfatter)

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Widely regarded as the most accomplished general of World War II, the Soviet military legend Marshal Georgy Zhukov at last gets the full-scale biographical treatment he has long deserved.   A man of indomitable will and fierce determination, Georgy Zhukov was the Soviet Union's indispensable commander through every one of the critical turning points of World War II. It was Zhukov who saved Leningrad from capture by the Wehrmacht in September 1941, Zhukov who led the defense of Moscow in October 1941, Zhukov who spearheaded the Red Army's march on Berlin and formally accepted Germany's unconditional surrender in the spring of 1945. Drawing on the latest research from recently opened Soviet archives, including the uncensored versions of Zhukov's own memoirs, Roberts offers a vivid portrait of a man whose tactical brilliance was matched only by the cold-blooded ruthlessness with which he pursued his battlefield objectives.   After the war, Zhukov was a key player on the geopolitical scene. As Khrushchev's defense minister, he was one of the architects of Soviet military strategy during the Cold War. While lauded in the West as a folk hero--he was the only Soviet general ever to appear on the cover of Time magazine--Zhukov repeatedly ran afoul of the Communist political authorities. Wrongfully accused of disloyalty, he was twice banished and erased from his country's official history--left out of books and paintings depicting Soviet World War II victories. Piercing the hyperbole of the Zhukov personality cult, Roberts debunks many of the myths that have sprung up around Zhukov's life and career to deliver fresh insights into the marshal's relationships with Stalin, Khrushchev, and Eisenhower.   A remarkably intimate portrait of a man whose life was lived behind an Iron Curtain of official secrecy, Stalin's General is an authoritative biography that restores Zhukov to his rightful place in the twentieth-century military pantheon.… (mere)
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Titel:Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov
Forfattere:Geoffrey Roberts (Forfatter)
Info:Icon Books Ltd (2012), 413 pages
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A history well told is all about the narrative - any researcher can cite numbers or reports. In this task the author fails - the vast majority of this book is just recitations of numbers and reports with too little insight between the contemporary reports.

There is a fantastic story here, unfortunately I feel this book barely scratched the surface. ( )
  kcshankd | Aug 2, 2019 |
This feels a little light in the sense it is more of a timeline about Zhukov's career and I find it lacks depth and specificity as to why he was considered so great. Perhaps more detail at times would help. It is a decent history though. ( )
  muwaffaq | Mar 20, 2019 |
Great read about the Soviet architect of Hitler's defeat. Georgy Zhukov rose from a peasant background through the cavalry, becoming a dedicated Bolshevik, winner of the Khalkin-Gol battle against the Japanese in 1939, leader of Russia's resistance to the Germans, close confidant of Stalin, only to inevitably fall victim to the dictator's rampant paranoia. Rehabilitated after Stalin's death, he fell a second time because of the machinations of Krushchev, but survived to die of old age in the 70s regarded again as one of Russia's greatest generals. The author's admiration for Zhukov is apparent but he faithfully records his failings, lack of political savvy, his bluntness and peasant forcefulness which was in such contrast to his friend and rival Rokossovsky. Roberts makes the point that Zhukov was no great strategist, he left no groundbreaking books to be perused in military academies, what he did possess was a talent for putting his forces in the right place at the right time. He was often criticised for the huge losses his armies sustained, but the results he achieved have stood the test of time. The author also examines his private life, he was an ardent ladies man and clocked up several wives and mistresses and 4 daughters, but his affection for his family was always clear. I did enjoy the book immensely, perhaps I would have liked to seen more analysis of his strategies in his more famous battles but as these have all been well-covered in other books, its not such a problem. As a study of a great warrior, his struggles with the convoluted labyrinth of Communist politics and how arguably the most brutal war in history was won, this is a tremendous book. ( )
1 stem drmaf | Sep 13, 2018 |
Biografía del más grande general de la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
Curiosamente, cuando le preguntaron cuál había sido su mayor logro o de qué se sentía más orgulloso respondió sin dudar: "el arresto de Beria".

Churchill dijo que Rusia era un acertijo envuelto en un misterio dentro de un enigma. Lo mismo pasa con sus generales. Este libro da luz sobre la historia de Zhukov, pero dice poco acerca del hombre. Un tipo que llegó a la cima, para luego caer con Stalin, volver a levantarse y luego caer con Krushov, levantarse y mantenerse a medio vuelo con Breznev. Como bien dice el autor, la paradoja es que un comunista convencido tuvo que esperar que cayera el comunismo para que se hiciera justicia con su figura.

El libro es entretenido, exhaustivo y con buenos mapas. Unas pocas fotos, todas oficiales.

¿Cuál libro falta? Definitivamente uno de Konstantín Rokosovski, un tipo al que Stalin mandó a sacar sus dientes y que luego se convirtió en uno de sus mariscales. ( )
  sergiouribe | Oct 24, 2016 |
I was prepared to respond with less-than-outright enthusiasm to this popular history of the Soviet marshal, but there are some things that the author does very well. The first thing being to offer a critique of Zhukov's own memoir in the light of the better documentation that issued from the Russian archives in the wake of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Two, Roberts does a good job of placing Zhukov in perspective in relation to the system he served and the war that he fought, as at this point there has to be some synthesis between Zhukov, the hero general, and Zhukov the alleged butcher who only achieved great victories at an exorbitant cost. The portrait that Roberts gives is of a man who made his reputation before Nomonhan of straightening out troubled units and essentially continued doing this from Nomonhan on.

Where Zhukov was less successful was as institutional custodian. His tenure as chief of staff prior to the outbreak of war with Germany did nothing to alleviate the Red Army's own cult of the offensive, which contributed to the great debacle of 1941. In his taste for the limelight he was probably lucky to not run more afoul of Stalin and then of Khrushchev, being somewhat tone deaf to how his commitment to the system would not protect him from the overbearing aspects of his personality. The ultimate irony is that it took the demise of the Soviet system to see this most Soviet of commanders returned to the place in history that he probably deserves.

Finally, Roberts is able to tell you enough about the man as a person so that Zhukov comes out of the shadow of the marble man he has become again in Russian memory. Perhaps the most positive thing you can say about Zhukov is that while he was certainly driven by great ambition, and wholeheartedly enjoyed the acclaim he received, he also had the character to resolve not to be ground down by being given the rough exit from the center of the system he had been integral to. Zhukov was enough of a realist to no doubt recognize that his fate could have been much worse! ( )
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Widely regarded as the most accomplished general of World War II, the Soviet military legend Marshal Georgy Zhukov at last gets the full-scale biographical treatment he has long deserved.   A man of indomitable will and fierce determination, Georgy Zhukov was the Soviet Union's indispensable commander through every one of the critical turning points of World War II. It was Zhukov who saved Leningrad from capture by the Wehrmacht in September 1941, Zhukov who led the defense of Moscow in October 1941, Zhukov who spearheaded the Red Army's march on Berlin and formally accepted Germany's unconditional surrender in the spring of 1945. Drawing on the latest research from recently opened Soviet archives, including the uncensored versions of Zhukov's own memoirs, Roberts offers a vivid portrait of a man whose tactical brilliance was matched only by the cold-blooded ruthlessness with which he pursued his battlefield objectives.   After the war, Zhukov was a key player on the geopolitical scene. As Khrushchev's defense minister, he was one of the architects of Soviet military strategy during the Cold War. While lauded in the West as a folk hero--he was the only Soviet general ever to appear on the cover of Time magazine--Zhukov repeatedly ran afoul of the Communist political authorities. Wrongfully accused of disloyalty, he was twice banished and erased from his country's official history--left out of books and paintings depicting Soviet World War II victories. Piercing the hyperbole of the Zhukov personality cult, Roberts debunks many of the myths that have sprung up around Zhukov's life and career to deliver fresh insights into the marshal's relationships with Stalin, Khrushchev, and Eisenhower.   A remarkably intimate portrait of a man whose life was lived behind an Iron Curtain of official secrecy, Stalin's General is an authoritative biography that restores Zhukov to his rightful place in the twentieth-century military pantheon.

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