Hitler's Nazi regime was at the height of its powers, poised to solidify it's hold on Europe, and possibly defeat Great Britain. And yet at this pivotal moment, Hitler ignored a history he clearly understood, and opened up another front in the war by invading the Soviet Union. Ego certainly came to play in decisions made, and fear to tell the Fuhrer anything but what he wanted to hear led Germany down the road to defeat. Equally fascinating is the way that ego stood in the way of Stalin's willingness to accept the fact that Hitler intended to invade his country. Nagorski provides detailed information on all of the major players in this drama, as well as the lesser known figures who played roles behind the scenes. — Allen Boulet
Bestselling historian Andrew Nagorski “brings keen psychological insights into the world leaders involved” (Booklist) during 1941, the critical year in World War II when Hitler’s miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance that defeated Nazi Germany.
In early 1941, Hitler’s armies ruled most of Europe. Churchill’s Britain was an isolated holdout against the Nazi tide, but German bombers were attacking its cities and German U-boats were attacking its ships. Stalin was observing the terms of the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and Roosevelt was vowing to keep the United States out of the war. Hitler was confident that his aim of total victory was within reach.
But by the end of 1941, all that changed. Hitler had repeatedly gambled on escalation and lost: by invading the Soviet Union and committing a series of disastrous military blunders; by making mass murder and terror his weapons of choice, and by rushing to declare war on the United States after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Britain emerged with two powerful new allies—Russia and the United States. By then, Germany was doomed to defeat.
Nagorski illuminates the actions of the major characters of this pivotal year as never before. 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War is a stunning and “entertaining” (The Wall Street Journal) examination of unbridled megalomania versus determined leadership. It also reveals how 1941 set the Holocaust in motion, and presaged the postwar division of Europe, triggering the Cold War. 1941 was “the year that shaped not only the conflict of the hour but the course of our lives—even now” (New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham).
About the Author
Andrew Nagorski served as Newsweek’s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin. He is the author of seven previous critically acclaimed books, including Hitlerland and The Nazi Hunters. He has also written for countless publications. Visit him at AndrewNagorski.com.
"Andrew Nagorski’s vivid, incisive account shows how and why 1941 marked not just the beginning, but the beginning of the end, of World War II.”—William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and His Era and Gorbachev: His Life and Times
"Entertaining...keeps the focus at a high level, on the men—Roosevelt, Churchill, but above all Hitler and Stalin—who directed the great powers at war...Nagorski is able to keep up the pace of the narrative while showing how global conflict was interconnected."—The Wall Street Journal
“The Year Germany Lost the War is a seamlessly written and well-researched investigation of how Hitler bungled his geopolitical playing hand in 1941, thereby sinking the Third Reich. There is never a dull moment or lull in this fast-paced narrative. Highly recommended!”—Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, and Chair in Humanities and Professor, Rice University
"Nagorski skillfully weaves diplomatic, political and military narratives into a compelling whole." —Historynet.com
"[A] thoughtful analysis of a critical year in WWII...Nagorski brings keen psychological insights into the world leaders involved."—Booklist