Andrew 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 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 a year that forever defined our world."
Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. He served as Newsweek's bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw and Berlin. Both of his most recent books -- Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster, 2016) -- have received rave reviews. His new book 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War was published in June 2019.
Book Details: Bestselling historian Andrew Nagorski takes a fresh look at the decisive year 1941, when Hitlers miscalculations and policy of terror propelled Churchill, FDR, and Stalin into a powerful new alliance that defeated Nazi Germany
In early 1941, Hitlers armies ruled most of Europe. Churchills 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.
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 Japans attack on Pearl Harbor. Britain emerged with two powerful new alliesRussia and the United States. By then, Germany was doomed to defeat.