Antony Beevor's "Stalingrad" is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments. In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town...Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, ...
Antony Beevor's "Stalingrad" is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments. In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town...Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline. An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort. "A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist...This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle". (Orlando Figes, "Sunday Telegraph"). "A brilliantly researched tour de force of military history". (Sarah Bradford, "The Times"). Antony Beevor is the renowned author of "Stalingrad", which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.
Beevor is a well respected historian, and in using Soviet and German archives he has written a definitive history of this horrific and epic battle. One GREAT read!
Oct 7, 2010
A thoroughly enjoyable read of a balananced account of one of the most significant battles of WW11. It deals with the strategic issues of those in command and the personal experiences of the combatants. My only small criticism would be in view of the importance of geography, easier access to maps would have been appreciated
Mar 31, 2010
MUST READ MILITARY HISTORY
In this book, master military historian, Antony Beevor, applies his proven technique of matching opposing units' battle journals by date and time to reconstruct the clashes of the battles in vivid color and detail. One can smell the gun smoke and burning flesh, He includes incidents picked from those journals to provide astonishing realism. He also provides the political intrigue which drove the commanders to demand the ultimate from their soldiers. He makes maximum use of recenly released archives to add great depth to his accounts.
Dec 5, 2009
This book about Stalingrad is extremely well-researched and is also extremely well-written. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Oct 24, 2008
the human cost of war
The battle for Stalingrad was one of the most critical and horrific battles of World War II, yet is little known in the United States. The author presents a well researched history of the battle, including heretofore secret Russian documents, but also incledes first hand accounts of those who fought from the German and Russian point of view. The book provides a very graphic view of the horrible conditions of the soldiers and civilians caught up in this cataclymic event, but also gives the reader insight into how and why this battle was fought, and the terrible consequences it delivered to both sides. I think this book is definately a "must read" for anyone wishing to understand the Twentieth Century and the costs the terrible price that is paid when leaders drag their countries into war.
Publishers Weekly, 1998-06-08 This gripping account of Germany's notorious campaign combines sophisticated use of previously published firsthand accounts in German and Russian along with newly available Soviet archival sources and caches of letters from the front. For Beevor (Paris After the Liberation, 1944-1949), the 1942 German offensive was a gamble that reflected Hitler's growing ascendancy over his military subordinates. The wide-open mobile operations that took the 6th Army into Stalingrad were nevertheless so successful that Soviet authorities insisted they could be explained only by treason. (Over 13,000 Soviet soldiers were formally executed during the battle for Stalingrad alone.) Combat in Stalingrad, however, deprived the Germans of their principal force multipliers of initiative and flexibility. The close-gripped fighting brought men to the limits of endurance, then kept them there. Beevor juxtaposes the grotesque with the mundane, demonstrating the routines that men on both sides developed to cope with an environment that brought them to the edge of madness. The end began when German army commander Friedrich von Paulus refused to prepare for the counterattack everyone knew was coming. An encircled 6th Army could neither be supplied by air nor fight its way out of the pocket unsupported. Fewer than 10,000 of Stalingrad's survivors ever saw Germany again. For the Soviet Union, the victory became a symbol not of a government, but of a people. The men and women who died in the city's rubble could have had worse epitaphs than this sympathetic treatment. Agent: Andrew Nurnberg. History Book Club main selection; BOMC alternate selection; foreign sales to the U.K., Germany and Russia. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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