Stalingrad by Antony Beevor
The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943

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Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost, then caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.
 

About Antony Beevor

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ANTONY BEEVOR is the bestselling author of five nonfiction books, including The Battle for Spain, Paris After the Liberation: 1944–1949, Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustee's Award.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 560 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Self Help. Non-fiction
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From independent historian Beevor (coauthor, Paris After the Liberation, 1994, etc.), a meticulously researched and gripping account of the horrific battle that culminated in the collapse of Adolf Hitler's blitzkrieg offensive in Russia, and ultimately ordained German defeat in WWII.

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(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.

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Over a million of the 26 million Soviets killed in the Second World War died at Stalingrad.

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If it’s not starvation it’s dehydration;

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The New York Review of Books

Because Beevor did not understand this crucial fact when he wrote his book and seems not to have grasped it yet, his readers, as I pointed out in my review and again in my replies to his letters, might have assumed that Eremenko, commander of the Stalingrad Front, was in fact the overall Stalingr...

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The New York Review of Books

I wrote therefore that readers unaware of Vasilevsky’s operational command would probably infer, as I did at first reading, from the title “commander of the Stalingrad Front” that Eremenko was himself in overall charge of operations at Stalingrad.

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