Viktor Suvorov Books In Order

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. The Liberators: My Life in the Soviet Army (1981)
  2. Inside the Soviet Army (1982)
  3. Inside Soviet Military Intelligence (1984)
  4. Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Soviet Spy (1985)
  5. Spetsnaz (1988)
  6. Ice-Breaker: Who Started the Second World War? (1990)
  7. The Chief Culprit: Stalin’s Grand Design to Start World War II (2000)

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Viktor Suvorov Books Overview

Inside the Soviet Army

Inside the Soviet Army ISBN 0 241 10889 6; Hamish Hamilton, 1982; also published in the United States, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0 02 615500 1, a book by Viktor Suvorov, describes the general organisation, doctrine, and strategy of the Soviet armed forces the term ‘Army’ being used to cover not only the Land Forces, but also Strategic Rocket, Air Defence, Air, and Naval forces. Suvorov explains his view on the political realities of the USSR, where everything is subordinated to maintain the Communist regime’s dominance, thus explaining the rationale behind Soviet strategic planning. He then goes on to explain the organisation of the Soviet armed forces, from the top down, emphasizing the Land Forces/Soviet Army. Technical details are presented where useful, but the primary concern is explaining the underlying philosophy and culture, often contrasted with the Western military approach. Suvorov then concludes with descriptions of the daily life Inside the Soviet Army for the soldier and the officer, including the bullying and hazing practice known as dedovshchina, a practice then almost unknown to the West at the time of publication, which has become notorious in the Russian Ground Forces of the post Soviet period.

Ice-Breaker: Who Started the Second World War?

A historian, the Soviet defector Victor Suvorov tells the story of World War II as started not by Hitler, but by Stalin. He contends that Russia’s part in starting the war was very much greater and much more sinister than has hitherto been assumed.

The Chief Culprit: Stalin’s Grand Design to Start World War II

Bestselling author Victor Suvorov probes newly released Soviet documents and reevaluates existing material to analyze Stalin’s strategic design to conquer Europe and the reasons behind his controversial support for Nazi Germany. A former Soviet army intelligence officer, the author explains that Stalin’s strategy leading up to World War II grew from Vladimir Lenin’s belief that if World War I did not ignite the worldwide Communist revolution, then a second world war would be needed to achieve it. Stalin saw Nazi Germany as the power that would fight and weaken capitalist countries so that Soviet armies could then sweep across Europe. Suvorov reveals how Stalin conspired with German leaders to bypass the Versailles Treaty, which forbade German rearmament, and secretly trained German engineers and officers and provided bases and factories for war. He also calls attention to the 1939 nonaggression pact between the Soviet Union and Germany that allowed Hitler to proceed with his plans to invade Poland, fomenting war in Europe. Suvorov debunks the theory that Stalin was duped by Hitler and that the Soviet Union was a victim of Nazi aggression. Instead, he makes the case that Stalin neither feared Hitler nor mistakenly trusted him. Suvorov maintains that after Germany occupied Poland, defeated France, and started to prepare for an invasion of Great Britain, Hitler’s intelligence services detected the Soviet Union’s preparations for a major war against Germany. This detection, he argues, led to Germany’s preemptive war plan and the launch of an invasion of the USSR. Stalin emerges from the pages of this book as a diabolical genius consumed by visions of a worldwide Communist revolution at any cost a leader who wooed Hitler and Germany in his own effort to conquer the world. In contradicting traditional theories about Soviet planning, the book is certain to provoke debate among historians throughout the world.

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