Constantine Pleshakov's book "Stalin's Folly: The Tragic First Ten Days of WWIII on the Eastern Front", Houghton Mifflin, New York 2005" establishes Stalin's aggressive intentions, and was even favourably reviewed by Simon Sebag Montefiore, William Taubman and Robert Conquest. Pleshakov has been a visiting professor at Mount Holyoke College. His book is written from the perspective of an anti-Stalinist Russian, but who sees Russian successes as historically good and German successes as bad. Stalin's response to the German pre-emptive strike was to try to put his original offensive plan into effect. Pleshakov explains step by step how this led to the colossal Soviet losses that followed. What is amazing is that the German strike almost succeeded, even given that the Germans were always outnumbered, out-gunned, out-tanked, out-aeroplaned etc for virtually every category of warfare, including technical excellence of equipment. The German sacrifice saved civilisation, though it will be politically incorrect to say this for a very long time to come.