Since its original publication in Russian (entitled Ledokol) in France in 1988, it has been published in an astonishing 87 editions in 18 languages.
Soviet historian, Victor Suvorov, tells the true story of World War II, revealing that the war was started by the Soviets -- not the Germans. He contends that the Soviet Union's part in starting the war was very much greater and much more sinister than has hitherto been exposed.
The book takes a close look at the origins and development of World War II in Europe, and in particular the background to Hitler's Operation Barbarossa attack against the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941. In spite of rigid Soviet censorship, Suvorov has succeeded in digging up many nuggets of valuable information from publicly available Soviet writings that confirm his central thesis. Icebreaker is based on the author's meticulous scouring of such published sources as memoirs of wartime Soviet military leaders, and histories of individual Soviet divisions, corps, armies, fleets, and air units.