Georgy Zhukov was the Soviet Union’s indispensable commander at every critical turning point of World War II. It was Zhukov who saved Leningrad from capture by the Wehrmacht, Zhukov who led the defense of Moscow, and Zhukov who spearheaded the Red Army’s march on Berlin. Drawing on research from recently opened Soviet archives, including the uncensored versions of Zhukov’s own memoirs, Geoffrey Roberts offers a vivid portrait of this exemplar of indomitable will and fierce determination.
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. 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. Piercing the hyperbole of the Zhukov personality cult, Roberts debunks many of the myths that have sprung up around his life and career.
Stalin’s General is an authoritative biography that restores Zhukov to his rightful place in the 20th-century military pantheon.
Hardcover Book : 400 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Pub ( June 05, 2012 )
Item #: 13-583316
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