Hitler Cannot Conquer Russia (1941)


First Edition of Maurice Hindus's
Hitler Cannot Conquer Russia, 1941

Hindus, Maurice. Hitler Cannot Conquer Russia. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1941.

Octavo. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this fascinating book arguing that Russia could not be conquered by Nazi Germany due to its history and unique cultural features. Maurice Hindus was a Russian-Jewish immigrant who spent World War II in the Soviet Union writing for the New York Herald Tribune. While often criticized by other writers for his perceived pro-Soviet bias, Hindus was one of the most tuned-in voices on the ground in Russia and his understanding of Russian/Soviet culture was unparalleled. In later life, he criticized the Kremlin extensively, but nevertheless maintained his affection for the Russian people. In Hitler Cannot Conquer Russia, Hindus argued against the possibility of Nazi success in Russia due to the tenacity of the Russian people--a prediction that proved true despite the horrors eventually aimed at Leningrad and elsewhere. Of particular interest is a section on the Jews in Russia, which traces their complicated history in the country and asserts with certainty that they will refuse to submit to the Nazis.   Bookplate. Book extremely good, with text fine and light foxing to endpapers and extremities of cloth binding. Price-clipped dust jacket extremely good, with shallow chipping to spine ends and faint foxing.