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Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad Hardcover – April 12, 2010
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A classic account of the Stalingrad epic Harrison Salisbury Craig has written a book with both historical significance and intense personal drama James Michener. Probably the best single work on the epic battle of Stalingrad...An unforgettable and haunting reading experience. --Cornelius Ryan
About the Author
William Craig was a native of Concord, Massachusetts. Enemy at the Gates is the culmination of five years of research, during which he traveled extensively on three continents, studying documents and interviewing hundreds of survivors of Stalingrad.
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Written by the American author, the book for the most part describes events from the German point of view. I am Russian and admittedly it is not easy to stay totally objective about an account with slight pro-Axis slant, but I am interested in Stalingrad battle and have read some other books on the subject. I also been to Stalingrad (now city of Volgograd) myself, and my main criticism is this: Mr. Craig, despite the fact that he spent five years researching for this book, unfortunately didn't quite familiarize himself with some aspects of Russian life and culture. I don't know, may be he didn't have an opportunity...But that would have made his book more balanced and more readable for the Russian audience.
For example, "Kazakhs" on page 321 aren't "Kazakhs" but Cossacks. There were no "Kazakhs" living on river Don, only Cossacks. Kazakhs live in Kazakhstan. These are two different peoples. "Kaytusha" throughout the text of the book is misspelled; it is really "Katjusha" - a Russian rocket launcher. I was surprised that it was misspelled, since it was not only famous Russian weapon of war, but also a woman's name, derivative of Katja (Russian for Katie). It would be equivalent for a Russian author to call German tank "Mark" as "Mrak".
Another example - on page 283 Mr. Craig assumes that December 24th was a Christmas Eve for both Germans and Russians. Close, but no cigar...The Christmas in Russia is celebrated due to Christian Orthodox tradition on January 7th, hence the Christmas Eve is January 6th. But during Communist times it was prohibited anyway.
Perhaps as a result of the author's lack of firm grasp of Russia's cultural context, the Russians in a book depicted a little bit like caricatures (despite the author's effort to do otherwise). Germans are more believable, better developed and likeable. To summarize, despite the fact that I thought the book was good, I have encountered many errors about the Russians that it made the book less enjoyable to read and sometimes even a little annoying. Otherwise the book is well written. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history of WWII, military history, and German or Russian history.
Stalingrad was definitely the turning point in World War II. The Eastern Front was the war theatre where the outcome of World War II was decided. No doubt about this. As part of this mammoth struggle, arises Stalingrad as the bloodiest and biggest battle of world war II. It lasted for about 6 months and its tragic outcome was close to the 2 million casualties on both sides (about 750 thousand soviets and 840 thousand axis where circa 400 thousand were Germans).
Probably the title of this book sounds familiar to you and this is because the Holywood movie directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud with good actors like Judd Law, Ralph Fiennes and Ed Harris. Let me tell you, the whole movie is based in less than 10 pages of William Craig's book! you can imagine that Craig’s Enemy at The gates is much more than that.
This great American novelist and historian (Craig was a graduate from Columbia University) spent 5 years of his life traveling three continents interviewing survivors of this horrendous battle (Italians, Germans, Russian, Israelis) given that in the German offensive many soldiers of different nationalities were serving with the German Wermarcht and its allies (Germans, Austrians, Croats, Romanians, Italians, and Hungarians). William Craig put a human face to the battle, something that other historians grossly ignore. Moreover at the end of the book, Craig talk about those former soldiers whose stories appear in the book and what they were doing at the time Enemy at the Gates was completed (1973). World War 2 was still fresh in the minds of those who were interviewed as actors in that drama.
Let me add at the end that I have been reading about Stalingrad for decades, I had read the best that has been published on the topic and I can assure you that William Craig’s Enemy at The gates is among the Best! I have 2 copies of this book bought used in e-Bay (hardcover) and one paperback bought in England (Penguin books). Now I have the kindle edition and I am again reading it. Anthony Beevor’s Stalingrad is a great book. It would be a very hard decision to decide which book describes better the battle with all its drama and ferocity. I would give my vote for Enemy at the Gates (by a narrow margin indeed).