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"An account of tragic human experience, all too little known, in the words of those who lived through it. It is not only a fascinating story but a unique and valuable historical document."—New York Review of Books
"MacDonogh has written a grueling but important book. This unhappy story has long been cloaked in silence since telling it suited no one. Not the Allies, because it placed them near the moral nadir of the Nazis; not the Germans, because they did not wish to be accused of whitewashing Hitler by highlighting what was, by any standard, a war crime. Giles MacDonogh has told a very inconvenient truth."—Sunday Telegraph (London)
"Giles MacDonogh's shocking new book gives a very different and long overdue alternative view--and all the more sobering for being written in a style that betrays no hint of the author's anger at the appalling atrocities he relates....[A] superb book written by a sympathetic writer in perfect control of his often dreadful material. Overall, MacDonogh has told a story that had to be told and told it very well. The book teaches, in fact, an old and classic lesson: it is better not to start wars, but it is fatal to lose them."—History Today
"A sometimes violent and often disturbing history that prods the reader to think about the choices of conquerors."—Seattle Times