Andrew Borowiec, a journalist for the Washington Times, provides an excellent short history of the Warsaw Uprising in Destroy Warsaw! Hitler's Punishment, Stalin's Revenge. Not only does the author write well and provide a scholarly-level of detail, but his personal participation as a Polish Home Army fighter adds great credibility. This book can be used as either a primer for those readers needing a introduction to this chapter in Polish history or for researchers as a reference. Overall, this is one of the better books on the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and adds a number of details not present in Norman Davies' better known book (Rising '44).
Destroy Warsaw consists of 12 chapters; the first five cover Poland's history of foreign occupation, the formation of the Polish resistance, German occupation policies, the Home Army (AK) and the destruction of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw in 1943. Once the stage is set, the author shifts in the sixth chapter into the overt phase of AK operations against the Germans in 1944 and the first contacts with the advancing Red Army. The Warsaw Uprising itself is covered in chapters 7-12, about 100 pages worth of narrative. The only weak aspect of this book are the two appendices, one providing a chronology and the other an order of battle. Both of these appear to be an afterthought and incomplete; for example, the chronology lists no dates between 5-31 August 1944, missing the Wola massacre among other important events. The OB lists units in almost random fashion and misses both major German and Polish units. A single simple sketch map of the city is provided, which shows very little detail. The bibliography is adequate, but short.
The author does a good job throughout the book intermixing first-person accounts with official sources and he adds light on several obscure topics. Unfortunately, he provides only the barest detail on his own experiences in the Uprising, which could have made this a much better book. He also pulls no punches, squarely pointing the blame for the failure of the Uprising at Stalin's plan to install a puppet communist government in Poland after the war and the unwillingness of the Anglo-Americans to stick their necks out for their Polish allies. Overall, this is a fine addition to the literature on this controversial subject, although it could have had better supporting appendices and maps.