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5.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad: A comprehensive and harrowing account
Stalingrad is a superb book. Before reading it I had no knowledge of the eastern front, but Antony Beevor's account has compelled me to find out more. The book not only provides a full account of the battle, but an overview of Operation Barbarossa and the strategy in southern Russia. The books main triumph lies in its ability to relate the story from both the German and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing material he has been able to draw on
Rigorous, in depth account. Amazing material he has been able to draw on. Not quite sure how well he integrates the first hand accounts into the wider narrative. Sometimes feels a bit cut and paste. But that is always a difficulty with this kind of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A history of the brutality of war, 6 Dec 2001
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Antony Beevor's exposition of the battle for Stalingrad reads very much like the broad sweep of a novel. This battle once and for all puts paid to the lie Dulce et Decorum est,which Wilfred Owen and his fellow poets tried to expound to an ignorant public earlier in the century. Beevor's work explains what happens when two totally autocratic societies based upon differing principles meet, and how their is next to no shred of humanity on either side in the treatment of the enemy. There is some horific and moving imagery in the work, particularly in how the children of Stalingrad had to survive. And it is a macabre fact that the battle became a study in the processes of starvation, as the German Sixth Army was slowly strangled.
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1.0 out of 5 stars one-sided and apologetic, 29 Jun 2011
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I am quite perplexed at the universal praise lavished on this book. Sure, Beevor coveys the 'horrors of war' and is capable of good reportage (though I expect many social and political historians will be turned off with the over-use of military jargon). However, what really infuriates and outrages is Beevor's barely-stifled 'exhilaration' at the Nazi advance into Soviet Russia. His narrative of Operation Barbarossa is frankly obscene, omitting altogether its core rationale - a barbarous racial war against 'the inferior Slavs' and the Jews, a war which the 'heroic' Wehrmacht were entirely complicit.

This omission might be excused precisely because Beevor is a military fetishist rather than a well-rounded historian. Yet, this qualification is too generous to him. His anti-communism means his sympathies are with the Germans throughout. Where individual Soviet soldiers are dealt with sympathetically this is undermined by his leaden and one-dimensional portrayal of the Russian soldier as 'victim' of a system which forced him to fight. Beevor just cannot conceive that Russian soldiers might have been motivated by more noble aspirations - the will to defeat the evils of fascism; a love for one's homeland; and even a misplaced but heartfelt commitment to defending the communist ideal.

For a more honest and accurate account of the Nazi war in the East I would recommend Richard Overy and Christopher Browning over this over-rated apologia.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated by Hayward Joel's "Stopped at S", 27 Dec 2004
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Good intent by Beevor to make a description of the Battle but lacks the Maps , the Crimea campaign, The Sebastopol destruction and the role of the Luftwaffe.
Joel Hayward "Stopped at Stalingrad" is the NEW source and Wonderful.As we say in Venezuela: "When there are new Saints the old does not even make miracles"... Read Hayward and Kershaw and your picture is complete.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Factual / Historical, 30 Dec 2012
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Factual / Historical
Ordered as a Christmas gift.
Arrived in good time.
Not in excellent order. Book was slightly damaged on corner.
I did not have enough time to return it and get a replacement.
The recipient was offered the option of returning it but chose not to.
Not top marks because of damage to spine on corner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad, 25 Oct 2010
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Book delivered in good time and was as described. Have not got around to reading it yet.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good but long, 16 Jun 1999
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good book; detailed; dull in some parts; humbling, shocking; maps are a bit poo; worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stalingrad Book, 13 Aug 2011
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Was described as good as new i think but was a bit shabby - I was a bit disappointed with the condition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Christmas rip off, 10 Nov 2010
Dont buy this book. it is just a tract from Beevor's excellent book Stalingrd. If you have a copy you already can read Christmas at Stalingrad.
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