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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.
I an a big fan of Beevor. Just finished his WW2 book and got exactly what I was looking for. His ability to deliver historical fact and weave in personal experiences of those who... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Joe Russell
Almost exactly the type of book I was hoping for pertaining to the battle of Stalingrad. Very detailed and written like a story rather than a 500 page recap of what army did what... Read morePublished 4 days ago by LCM1947
Interesting facts throughout the book, but there was no story theme and the book seemed too jump around without rhyme or reason......Published 8 days ago by James E. Hohenadel
Absolutely brilliant,the detail and content was breathtaking,should be made mandatory reading for anti-war politics. Never again should mankind indulge in this type of barbarism!!Published 9 days ago by Jimpaphos
Beevor tells the story like no one else. This is a great history of the greatest battle of WWII.Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beevor provides context, details,and motives to the battle that changed the war in Europe. Germany never recovered from the mistake at Stalingrad and the Soviet Union has reason to... Read morePublished 13 days ago by R. Vincent
Historically accurate but a bit tough to read though. More for historians than general readers of history. Read morePublished 13 days ago by mspmd