Stephen G. Fritz, professor of history at East Tennessee State University, USA, is the author of Frontsoldaten: The German Soldier in World War II and Endkampf: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Death of the Third Reich.
Stephen Fritz has made a major statement. There are many books dealing with military operations in the East and many others that highlight the atrocities, the murders, and the Holocaust. Not until now has a single volume attempted to incorporate both, seeking the nexus between military operations and mass murder. The result is as complete a history of the GermanSoviet war as one could desire, and it is an achievement that is likely to be unequaled for some time to come." Robert M. Citino, - author of Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942 "Fritz has written a topflight strategic/operational level analysis of the RussoGerman War. His text is solid and impeccably supported." - Dennis Showalter, author of Hitler's Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare "Of all the hundreds of books on the Russian campaign, Mr. Fritz's is the first I have seen that demonstrates the nexus between mass murder and military operations." - Washington Times "Stephen Fritz brought to his sources his considerable analytical skills and clarity of expression. The product is a very readable consideration of the European war's most important front, and one that expresses a new understanding of its causes and effects." - New York Journal of Books "Fritz seeks to synthesize and build upon earlier scholarship while exclusively focusing on the struggle as seen from Berlin... Ostkrieg will be a significant addition to any academic library." - Choice "It is truly a magnificent work of military history integrating ideological, economic, political, and military dimensions of this theater of war." - Waterline "Perfect for instructors and students." - Teaching History "An ambitious and impressive synthesis of two vast and often mutually exclusive fields of scholarship: the historiography of the Holocaust and that of the war on the Eastern Front... [it] should serve as the starting point for all historians and students of World War II interested in the relationship of war and genocide." - Journal of Military History "We are given a superb vantage point from which to view how the Nazi regime's obsessions trapped Germany into ultimately fatal dilemmas." - Historian "We now have a comprehensive, clearly written and affordable study incorporating recent research on the Eastern Front." - European History Quartterly