Yeah, Kotkin''s third volume available on Amazon now.

Kotkin is often a guest on the Hoover Institutes program, Uncommon Knowledge. It's a great series, the host/interviewer was the Reagan speech writer who came up with the line, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Peter Robinson is the name.

Keep up the good work, hope you are doing well.

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You are clearly on the mark when you say that just the fact there is discussion of "possible" defeat and further (dismissive) talk of being tried at The Hague is evidence that the collapse of at least the war effort is not too far in the future.

Lets also enjoy remembering how many of us wondered "how is it possible Russian forces can be so bad" back in March of this year. It is almost funny to remember how many times we were dumbfounded at the level of weakness and incompetence in what was supposed to be a formidable military force.

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Sincere thanks for your post. I think it's appropriate to add the multicolume work on Stalin by Princeton Professor Stephen Kotkin to Oleg V. Khlevniuk’s biography of Stalin.

"It's about time" truly applies here because over the last 40 to 50 years, the emphasis in Canada and the U.S. has clearly been focusing on Hitler and the Nazi Party to the extent that much discourse today hardly ever mentions Stalin or Mao, the two top monsters of the last 100 years.

I also believe that all three dictators displayed lack of empathy and lack of remorse. These are two of the chief symptoms of sociopsychopaths.

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Jack R. Noel

Everything from business executive to grocery clerk and published writer. Now retired and able to get back to my first love: writing.