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Filled with unverifiable assertions, 5 July 2002
The book contains 102 occurrences of the word "rape" in all of its forms. Yet, the author presents no documentary evidence to support the sensationalist nature of his novel. The underlying suggestion stalking the reader of Anthony Beevor's latest book is that the Red Army invaded Germany, raped its population and plundered it resources. Moreover, the author insists, these alleged activities were conducted with support and direction from the Soviet command and on the scale comparable with, if not greater than, Nazi crimes against humanity. Lacking basic documentation and littered with unverifiable assertions this is not a history book, whatever its literary merits may be.