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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (1 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195376854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195376852
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,066,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent."--David Denby, The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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About the Author: Nechama Tec is Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. She is the author of six books, including In the Lion's Den: The Life of Oswald Rufeisen, the winner of the 1990 Christopher Award, When Light Pierced the Darkness, and Dry Tears, a memoir of her experiences during the years of the Nazi occupation of Poland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David I. Howells on 30 Mar. 2009
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This is a story about the Bielski partisans who took up refuge in the Belorussian forest of Poland during the Second World War. The main character being Tuvia Bielski, the leader of the Bielski Otriad partisan group. An amazing story of how a charismatic leader drew together fugitive Jews in the remote forests of Poland and set up a resistance camp that endured not only the persecution of the Germans but also to an extent of other resistance groups, especially those headed by Russian military advisors. What is truly enlightening is that Tuvia Bielski did not set out to seek revenge from the Germans but to save Jewish lives...his was servitude to `save' not to `take' lives. His outstanding leadership qualities are only too apparent as he manages to negotiate and organise the survival of over 1200 people in this hostile environment. In doing so he built a self sufficient highly organised forest community that accepted all Jews, young or old, fit or sick...he said no to no one. The book is very descriptive covering all aspects of the main characters, Otriad life, medical services and everything else you would want to know about including an in depth account of `partisan love lives'. The book also covers Otriad executions, the armed struggle against the Germans and the inevitable horror of mass Jewish executions and much more. I saw the film first before buying the book and of course the film has been given a Hollywood licence to thrill through excessive military engagements where help has been timed to the nano second. I find this a pity as the book contains enough drama within it to please anyone. The common thread of the book is followed through the film but it does not do the book justice as the book is a gem and the film is...well okay!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bob on 8 Mar. 2009
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This is an interesting book containing a lot of detailed information but not easy to read.

It is not a novel, but a nearly event-by-event description of the circumstances. The author in trying to attribute, and be even handed, detracts from the true story.

Good, but I would not recommend unless you have an academic interest in these events
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Adele L. Siddall on 29 Dec. 2008
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If you're looking for a book that has a dramatic 'hollywood story' feel to it, then this book isn't for you. I have not yet seen the film but am eagar to see how this book has been interpretted. This book gives you a real feel of how a family refused to give in to the Germans during WWII. Not only did they save themselves but also 1,200 people too. The book tells a true story of how ressiliant human beings can be during really harrowing times. This story is truly inspiring. The main character Tuvia Bielski is a real life hero and should be recognised for the major part he played in saving 100's of lives. Brilliant
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Farrell on 23 April 2009
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Saw the film with Daniel Craig and thought I would read the book. The film was good, the book even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad on 28 Dec. 2009
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I received this book as a gift. I read it in 2 days because it is such an amazing, yet true story, that I could not put it down.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Badger on 3 Feb. 2009
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Tells an interesting tale of Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis in World War II, but the style of writing is terse to the point of being abrupt. And all too often episodes aren't properly explained. Feels as though the subject matter deserves a more inspired account than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MLR on 17 Feb. 2012
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Tends to over-complicate and too many names and ideas outside the central theme.As with the Bielski brothers there is little attention given to the later life of those involved and little examination of the effect of the violence on their lives
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas on 7 Mar. 2009
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a historic and rare WW11 event that was poorly explained & narrated, commentary often terse and repeated, requires perseverance to complete...a great pity!
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