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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.
This is a great book. It is a must read for anyone that loves to learn about WW II. There is a staggering amount of information that I had not read/heard before about the battle... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jeff Gee
Purchased this book based upon Mr. Beevor's reputation as an author. Did not dissappoint. I gained an entirely new perspective of the battle of Stalingrad. Read morePublished 18 days ago by PanzerBenz
I've not read a better book about ww2 Stalingrad than this one. Beevor is one of only two authors (the other being Kershaw) with the ability to deliver a narrative coupled with... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Richard Vogel
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 2 months ago by J. Groen