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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the devil
I thought this book would be an impartial account of one of the climactic battles of WWII, but instead it turned out to be an anti-soviet propaganda piece with more than a little sympathy for the nazis and a number of factual errors and tactical omissions. Criticising the red army for executing deserters while not mentioning the thousands of Germans of the 6th army...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A hit !, 21 Oct 2010
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Though other reviewers have found odd glitches in 'Stalingrad', this cannot detract from the fact that this book really is a cracking read. This is military history, as popular 'page turner', at its best. You may not yet know you want this book. But take it from me, you do !

So how does Beevor pull it off ? Presenting Russian, Chineese, or other unfamiliar material to Western English speaking audiences is notoriously difficult - there are obvious problems with language, geography, and translation, in tackling a work like this. Yet in 'Stalingrad' Beevor makes it all appear effortless, and is now very properly - and most deservedly -'laughing his to the bank'. Very probably the point is that the author has succeeded where many have failed: he has made a vast and inhuman subject (in all senses) human and accessible. There are dozens of first hand accounts and observations here, and these reduce the great sweeps of armies and history to something that the man on the street can both grasp immediately, and empathize with in virtually every instance. This is the 'human experience' writ large. 'Stalingrad' has and almost filmic quality in the way it is written, but is in many ways better - since war films are often forced into being good history, or good films, and often fail at both. This grabs you by the throat and holds the attention.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary, 27 May 2014
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One of the best historical books I have ever read. No other book I have read comes anywhere near to describing the conditions in Stalingrad in 1941-1943
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and chilling book, 11 July 2014
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This tells a complicated story in a vivid and engaging way. An incredible achievement which I thoroughly enjoyed. Really great
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, 1 April 2005
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stalingrad is one of the best books ive read.its fantastically written and researched and it really does take you to the battle.
this is THE book to read if you have an interest in war.its a master piece of human tribulation.he takes history to the next level.loved every page of it.I also recommend Berlin.
Beevor really has taken this heart rending tragedy and turned it into a masterpiece. top marks.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a book that transcends its genre., 22 April 2002
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I have read this book three times now, and keep getting more and more from it -the sign of greatness.It has a novel's ability to explore human folly and hubris. It has the scale of great events that have so recently shaped our world and it has a drama that is relentless.
Above all things it has the ability to give you a taste of the desperation - firstly on the Soviet side and then, relentlessly as the scales tilted, on the German side as the dream of a defeated Russia became an anvil against which the Wehrmacht was broken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant., 8 Nov 1999
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If all military history was written like this there would be no other best sellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Sep 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Aug 2014
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Incredible story, compelling reading from start to finish
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11 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much sympathy for the moral cretins of the Wehrmacht, 17 April 2001
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A superb work of military history (but did someone not say that military history is to History as military cooking is to haute cuisine?)H
The book deals in exhaustive (and occasionally exhausting) detail with the hideous conditions under which the soldiers of both sides had to fight and the stupidity and inhumanity of the high command on both sides. However, it remains to a great extent a work of merely military history, with a perhaps necessary equivocation concerning the moral questions involved in the conflict.
Although Mr Beevor does not at all ignore the heinous crimes carried out by the Germans and their allies on the citizens of the Soviet Union, I think his readers might have a fuller picture of the Germans' "war of extermination" if they read Omer Bartov's "Hitler's Army" or "Eastern Front 1941-45", Christopher Browning's "Ordinary Men", Michael Burleigh's "Ethics and Extermination" or (with care) Daniel Goldhagen's "Hitler's Willing Executioners". Having read these books myself, my sympathy with the German Landser is virtually non-existant. The sufferings of the Germans were self-inflicted and well deserved, and although I can understand Mr Beevor's sympathies for the "ordinary soldier" on both sides, the Germans deserved none after the crimes they commited against humanity. To paraphrase Peter Gay, a German Jewish victim of the Nazis in the 30's, "may their bones rot on the Russian steppe".
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can men be so cruel., 22 Aug 1999
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Excellent from start to finish.
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