The Book Club

    Jonathan Dimbleby: Barbarossa

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    My guest this week is the broadcaster and historian Jonathan Dimbleby. In Barbarossa: How Hitler Lost the War, Jonathan describes the extraordinary and horrifying story of the Nazi campaign against Stalin, and it's 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.