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Sean McMeekin is a professor of history at Bard College. The award-winning author of several books, including The Russian Revolution, July 1914, and The Ottoman Endgame, McMeekin lives in Clermont, New York.

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"Brilliantly inquisitive."--National Review
"McMeekin is a superb writer. There isn't a boring page in the book. His familiarity with the archives of several countries is extraordinary."--The Times (UK)
"A provocative revisionist take on the Second World War...an accomplished, fearless, and enthusiastic 'myth buster'...McMeekin is a formidable researcher, working in several languages, and he is prepared to pose the big questions and make judgments....The story of the war itself is well told and impressive in its scope, ranging as it does from the domestic politics of small states such as Yugoslavia and Finland to the global context. It reminds us, too, of what Soviet 'liberation' actually meant for eastern Europe....McMeekin is right that we have for too long cast the second world war as the good one. His book will, as he must hope, make us re-evaluate the war and its consequences."--Financial Times
"Criticisms of the British for living in a Second World War past are frequent. Sean McMeekin, professor of history at Bard College and a talented scholar of the First World War, takes an alternative view by arguing that we are generally living in the wrong war. Drawing on an impressive array of international archives, McMeekin...directs attention to Soviet activity....The book is pertinent because of the extent to which modern cultural wars draw on historicised identities and historical controversies."--The Critic (UK)
"Sean McMeekin's new book fills a massive gap in the historiography of World War II. Based on exhaustive research in Russian and other archives, this examination of Stalin's foreign policy explores fresh avenues and explodes many myths, perhaps the most significant being that of unwittingly exaggerated emphasis on 'Hitler's war.' McMeekin shows conclusively that the two tyrants were equally responsible, both for the outbreak of war in 1939 and the appalling slaughter which ensued."
--Nikolai Tolstoy
"Stalin's War is above all about strategy: the failure of Roosevelt and Churchill to make shrewd choices as World War II played out. McMeekin brilliantly argues that instead of weighting the European and Pacific theaters to favor their own interests--and to weaken the inevitably antagonistic Soviet Union--FDR and Churchill left the most critical parts of Asia unguarded while they ground down the German army, a decision that favored Stalin's interests far more than their own. Roosevelt's 'Germany first' strategy and the trillion dollars of Lend Lease aid he poured into Stalin's treasury would underwrite Soviet control of China and East Central Europe after 1945 and hatch a Cold War whose dire effects are with us still."--Geoffrey Wawro, author of Sons of Freedom and director of the University of North Texas Military History Center
"A sweeping reassessment of World War II seeking to 'illuminate critical matters long obscured by the obsessively German-centric literature' on the subject....Yet another winner for McMeekin, this also serves as a worthy companion to Niall Ferguson's The Pity of War, which argued that Britain should not have entered World War I. Brilliantly contrarian history."--Kirkus
"Gripping, authoritative, accessible, and always bracingly revisionist."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
"Historian McMeekin (The Russian Revolution) draws from recently opened Soviet archives to shed light on Stalin's dark reasoning and shady tactics....Packed with incisive character sketches and illuminating analyses of military and diplomatic maneuvers, this is a skillful and persuasive reframing of the causes, developments, and repercussions of WWII."--Publishers Weekly
"Sean McMeekin's approach in Stalin's War is both original and refreshing, written as it is with a wonderful clarity."--Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad

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