This book is a very good basic introduction to Operation Barbarossa and the war on the Eastern Front.
The author primarily provides a balanced approach to the subject matter, although at times it seems too much detail is placed on the defensive actions of the Soviets in comparison to the strategies and tactics of the advancing Germans.
The book is mainly a pictorial history but one that is very well done. The pictures are closely matched to the text so that they enhance rather than interrupt the story being told. The pictures themselves are very well reproduced and at least two dozen of them are in color. There are also many well-drawn maps and these are in color as well. In addition, the book has a number of excellently drawn full-color illustrations of soldiers, tanks, and planes relating to both sides. Interesting quotations from participants in the battles are also liberally sprinkled throughout the text. Finally, the book includes numerous fascinating sidebars on people, vehicles, and weapons. (I learned more about the German BMW R-75 motorcycle with sidecar in this book than I did in an entire book on World War II motorcycles!)
Many misstatements are made, such as the wrong number of German horses killed at one stage of the invasion, an incorrect displacement of a German Army Group at another stage, an indefensible comment that the Soviets treated German prisoners of war fairly, and the repeated assertion that none of the Germans had proper winter clothing for the first winter of this war, when in fact some, albeit not many, divisions, such as mountain troops, were properly outfitted for winter warfare. Also, the author's reliance on "Other Men's Graves," a book most historians regard as pulp fiction, is disappointing.
Nonetheless, although not a perfect book, I believe it is still deserving of at least a 4-star rating in that the writing, editing, and attention to detail easily surpasses most other books of this type.