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5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-witeness accounts of momentous events
Having read Anthony Beevor's "Berlin The Downfall", my eye was drawn to this book, being as it is, a significant historial source for the Russian experience of the German invasion and its aftermath.

Grossman was despatched by his editors to the locations of most of the key events in the Russian war with Germany, and the book is particularly interesting because...
Published on 27 Oct 2006 by A Common Reader

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3.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional in parts
There is no denying that this is a good book and a very interesting read. Parts of it (more details below) are exceptional and truly great writing. However, it didn't quite hold together as I had expected it to and lacked a coherent narrative that made for rather disjointed reading. I guess if one reads the description carefully (that this a collection of writings...
Published on 7 Feb 2006 by M. Belcher


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5.0 out of 5 stars authorative, 23 Mar 2013
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Dr. M. W. Forth "frothy 4" (cheshire UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: A Writer At War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 (Kindle Edition)
This gripping book is beautifully written and has the historical authority of immediate experience.A useful adjunct to the view of the professional historian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!, 24 Feb 2013
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D. R. Edmond (BUNDOORA, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA) - See all my reviews
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Great piece of work. Very well written, articulated and precise.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well researched historical record. Bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read, 27 Mar 2012
This review is from: A Writer At War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 (Kindle Edition)
this book gave a real feel for the soviet soldiers ordeals, thoughts and experiences in WW2. Grossman's descriptions of the campaign against the Germans lets you see the doggedness and bravery of the troops and civilians.recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroism at the front,Stalinism immediately behind, 15 Nov 2009
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Benoit Gestels (belgium) - See all my reviews
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Writer from his own experience guides us into the workings of the totalitarian world of Russia under Stalin.Heroism for mother Russia at the front;stalinism for the minest criticism just behind the front.Freedom of speech and mind were more possible in Hitler's Russia than in Stalin's Russia
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4.0 out of 5 stars great insight, 27 Jun 2007
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Julian Swift "jools7" (leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Although, as a reader you never feel truly involved, this is a great insight into the finer detail of the people involved in a terrible conflict. Touching and often poetic - recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everyday life on the Eastern front, 2 Mar 2009
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John Caine (Cheshire, U K) - See all my reviews
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An extremely interesting memoir of Grossman's experiences during the Axis powers' invasion of Russia. Almost reads like a gossip column, full of poignant anecdotes from the "foot soldier" to the highest ranks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful portrait, 24 Oct 2008
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A remarkable addition to the literature of 1941-45... A wonderful portrait of the wartime experience of Russia, whose people the author loved so much and felt for so deeply...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 Oct 2011
I'm a great reader of WW2 era books, and I picked this off the self without reading any reviews at an airport based on the fact that I had read (and really enjoyed) other Beevor books. I was really disappointed. Maybe something is lost in translation but I felt that the observations of Grossman were childish and obvious. It gave nothing to my understanding of the fighting on the Russian front, especially after reading great books such as Beevor's Stalingrad.
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