Jonathan Dimbleby: Barbarossa

The Book Club | 7 April 2021 | 0h 42m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Jonathan Dimbleby about his book Barbarossa: How Hitler Lost the War. Describes the extraordinary and horrifying story of the Nazi campaign against Stalin, and its still more extraordinary strategic and diplomatic background. It’s a bloody and sometimes tragicomic parable of how dictators can become detached from reality – and in it he makes the case that, contra the prevailing image of Anglo-American victories in France having been decisive in winning the Second World War, Hitler’s goose was actually cooked as early as 1941.

Stalin: the Real Victor of WW2

History Extra | 9 April 2021 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Sean McMeekin about his book Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II. Discusses his revisionist history of the Second World War, which places Josef Stalin at the centre of the conflict, showing how the Soviet dictator outmanoeuvred both enemies and allies to secure his own ends.

Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.