Reviews of Books

Stalin’s Gift

Tuesday 24 July 2007 The Atlantic Monthly, Benjamin Schwarz
Europe at War 1939-1945

Davies finds insufferable a perspective on the conflict that emphasizes El Alamein, the Normandy landings, and the Bulge, and he condemns the American moral narcissism that holds that, to quote Stephen Ambrose, it was U.S. soldiers who would "win the war against Nazi Germany," and that Americans "stopped Hitler." Rather, he contends that "two core issues" - "proportionality" and "criminality" - "provide the key" to properly grasping the war in Europe.

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