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Many believe Stalingrad to be the turning point of the war. The Nazi war machine proved to be fallible as it spread itself too thin for a cause that was born more from arrogance than practicality. The Germans never recovered, and its weakened defenses were no match for the Allied invasion of 1944. We know little of what took place in Stalingrad or its overall significance, leading Beevor to humbly admit that "[t]he Battle of Stalingrad remains such an ideologically charged and symbolically important subject that the last word will not be heard for many years." This is true. But this gripping account should become the standard work against which all others should measure themselves. --Jeremy Storey --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I'm primed now to read Beevors work on the closing battle of World War II, "Berlin".
Beevor's book is an excellent account of the human aspect of the battle of Stalingrad as well as the political hubris swirling around this historic battle.
The book reads a lot like a novel with the narrative often switching between locations and people.
As I read this book, the phrase - "man's inhumanity to man" - kept coming to mind. There are many examples in this excellently written and researched book, including:... Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Groen
Incredible piece of work. Love Anthony Beevor. Every page is interesting unlike some other books that go into useless detail which cannot be appreciated by the average reader.Published 6 days ago by Waisenkind
The sputtering end of Hitler's Operation Barbarrossa and the Third Reich ultimate defeat can be traced to the battle of Stalingrad; while the failure to take Moscow and Leningrad... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Marcos
The book gave a detailed description of the military leaders of Russian and German armies,.and of the German soldiers and Russian soldiers before, during and after the great... Read morePublished 1 month ago by leonardnovi
Way more detail than I could handle, but the author certainly did his research. I skipped through a lot of it, couldn't track who was whom, where battles took place. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dolores gmeinweiser
This is an outstanding, thorough account of the Stalingrad from its inception to the surrender of the Sixth Army. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Justin D. Murphy
Great book. Its not the type you can sit down and breeze through in a weekend. I found myself going back and reviewing locations on a separate map. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer