Marshal Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, hero of Leningrad, defender of Moscow and Stalingrad, commander of the victorious Red Army at Berlin, was the most decorated soldier in Soviet history. Yet for many years Zhukov was relegated to the status of "unperson" in his homeland. Now, following glasnost and the fall of the Soviet Union, Zhukov is being restored to his rightful place in history. In this completely updated version of his classic 1971 biography of Zhukov, Otto Preston Chaney provides the definitive account of the man and his achievements.
Zhukov’s career spanned most of the Soviet period, reflecting the turmoil of the civil war, the hardships endured by the Russian people in World War II, the brief postwar optimism evidenced by the friendship between Zhukov and Eisenhower, repression in Poland and Hungary, and the rise and fall of such political figures as Stalin, Beria, and Krushchev. The story of Russia’s greatest soldier thus offers many insights into the history of the Soviet Union itself.
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Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, arguably the greatest general in Russian history, is famous among military historians for his coordinated campaigns in defense of Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad -- campaigns in which millions of Soviets lost their lives -- and for leading the Red Army into Berlin in the spring of 1945. After Stalin's postwar fall from grace, however, Zhukov was all but forgotten in his own country, even after twice being officially "rehabilitated." In this richly detailed biography, Chaney analyzes Zhukov's successes (and occasional failures) as a tactician and fighter whose contributions to the war undoubtedly hastened the collapse of the Third Reich.About the Author:
Otto Preston Chaney was a colonel in the United States Army and Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College and is the author of Zhukov: Marshal of the Soviet Union.
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