- Mass Market Paperback: 426 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (12 Mar. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345238753
- ISBN-13: 978-0345238757
- Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,694,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
ENEMY AT THE GATES Mass Market Paperback – 12 Mar 1974
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About the Author
William Craig (1929-1997), a native of Concord, Massachusetts, was educated at Columbia University. His first book, The Fall of Japan, was a documentary account of the last weeks of the Second World War in the Pacific. His first novel, The Tashkent Crisis, a thriller about espionage and international politics, was published in 1971. His Enemyat the Gates, an examination of the battle for Stalingrad, marked the culmination of five years of research, during which he traveled on three continents, studying documents and interviewing hundreds of survivors of Stalingrad." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Seen through the eyes of both Germans and Russians, it takes us from Hitler and Stalin in their capitals, to field marshals and their aides, through to officers and soldiers and civilians. We move from individual sniper duels and house-to-house fighting to tank armies manoeuvering accross the Russian Steppe, from grand strategy to basic survival in the hunger and cold.
Anthony Beevor's "Stalingrad" was a bestseller in 1999: This book compares favourably as an account of the battle and its strategy. And unlike some military histories, this is not a dry narrative, in the style "and then the General sent in the 13th Division on the right flank".
Instead, the story comes from the participants and their memories, carefully arranged and in chronological order. Like Mark Baker's "'Nam", it is based on interviews with hundreds of survivors. But Craig balances the many vivid incidents with the bigger picture.
We are reminded of the sheer scale of this battle, with its cost of some 2 million lives and involvement of millions more, and of its importance as a turning point in World War II.
We are also shown, at the individual level, something of the struggle and suffering, the heroism and horror.
"Enemy at the Gates" is now a paperback at a paperback price, labelled as "Classic Military History". "Classic Military History" is right.
Some very grim and shocking details, but also includes incredible heroism.
I would not deem it essential reading to a WWII Historian, but I would certainly recommend it to a Russian History enthusiast. Similarly, to any who beleive Russia's role in the war was not crucial, this book will certainly put them straight!
A must read for those who find the Russian (and, indeed, the German) war tactics and army system's of interest.
Recommended, but not light reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A tale of horror. All the historical info that I needed at the right price. Every would be world leader should read this and learn.Published 2 months ago by Chilli
It was good to get such a well researched book about Stalingrad and how it survived , in such an part of the Russian German part of world war 2.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Gripping, humane and devoid of the avalanche of statistics found,say,in Anthony beevoirs bookPublished 8 months ago by Mike Hurney
Unrelenting account of both the strategic and human stories that made Stalingrad an almost unbelievable war of attrition. Grimly fascinating. Read morePublished 9 months ago by R. J. Brady
A graphic and very well researched absorbing page turner about the tragedy that was the Battle of Stalingrad. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jeff
One of the best books I ever read about the Second World War and the Eastern Front.Published 15 months ago by Majick