Sunday, June 30, 2013


This is a remarkable work and should be compulsory for any person even thinking of standing for a public office. The slaughter and suffering that was unleashed on the planet becuase of the vanity of humans was staggering.

Hastings writes clearly and accurately and the entire work is a pleasure to read.

Any review could list pages of facts that are so tragic that they would leave you numb for months. Personally I found the slaughter that Russia suffered the most informative. Obviously the facts regarding the punishment they took have never been highlighted due to the political differences after the war.

I attended a talk by Sir Max regarding this work at the Auckland Writers Festival earlier this year. He speaks as lucidly as he writes and if you were to get the opportunity to hear him take it.

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