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A comprehensive, very readable account of the horrors of war
on 26 August 2017
This, along with Beevor's book Berlin, is one of the most accessible accounts of World War II I have read. It is full of detail yet never loses the reader in its telling. The battle for Stalin's city was horrendous, the suffering unimaginable, yet Beevor's keeps the reader's interest until the end. It is also a powerful anti war book, showing, as it does so well, the evil perpetrated on both sides by dictators whose only desire is to win. Neither Hitler nor Stalin cared about the ordinary foot soldiers who sacrificed so much. As the struggle comes to its climax be prepared for some details which, once read, cannot easily be forgotten: so perhaps not for bedtime reading. But read this you must if you want a snapshot of just what WW II inflicted on both sides.