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  • Book on US Lend-Lease Aid to the USSR in WWII

    I have recently been trying to determine just how significant US Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union was to the Soviet war effort during the World War II and came across the following book:

    Russia's Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II
    by Albert L. Weeks

    And I have been thinking of buying it. Has anyone read it? And if so, how good an account is it? Is it nice and meaty with tons of statistics? It's not cheap at almost US$30 a copy.
    Mutare vel timere sperno

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  • #2
    Yep. I've got that book. Great academic work, but dry as a bone.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ogukuo72 View Post
      Yep. I've got that book. Great academic work, but dry as a bone.
      A lot of them are as dry as a bone. But if it has its full share of statistical evidence and interpretation then that's what I'm after. The book's readability is a secondary consideration.
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      • #4
        If you haven't already, you might want to cast an eye on these

        http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/s...8/id/950/rec/1

        and

        http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/s.../id/2421/rec/2

        R
        hmmm . . . I wonder what THIS button does . . . uh oh

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Basaltic View Post
          I have recently been trying to determine just how significant US Lend-Lease aid to the Soviet Union was to the Soviet war effort during the World War II and came across the following book:

          Russia's Life-Saver: Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II
          by Albert L. Weeks

          And I have been thinking of buying it. Has anyone read it? And if so, how good an account is it? Is it nice and meaty with tons of statistics? It's not cheap at almost US$30 a copy.
          I've read it and it is patchy. Also has a few mistakes (especially in the amount of equipment sent). He also gets quite political in all the wrong places. I really did find it a Curate's Egg of a book.

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Ogukuo72 View Post
            Yep. I've got that book. Great academic work, but dry as a bone.
            Fine by me.
            I've read enough of authors trying to be clever. Just give me the facts.

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            • #8
              Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
              I've read it and it is patchy.
              Isn't Weeks a Cold Warrior, Broderick?

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              • #9
                Originally posted by broderickwells View Post
                I've read it and it is patchy. Also has a few mistakes (especially in the amount of equipment sent). He also gets quite political in all the wrong places. I really did find it a Curate's Egg of a book.
                You're right. I bought the book and some of the errors he makes are very basic, including dates. He makes mistakes he shouldn't make, in fact.
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by clackers View Post
                  Isn't Weeks a Cold Warrior, Broderick?
                  Yep. Some of this does show through. What he doesn't do, and I don't know if anyone else does either, is say what was sent, where it was sent, why it was sent, and how it was used. And without trying to put any political spin on the discussion (which is kind of difficult. considering how contentious Stalin's USSR was).

                  He tries to be fair and describe the generally good relationship between the Russian/Soviet state and the USA, but then goes off on tangents not related to the topic.

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