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Outdated and disappointing
on 6 August 2010
After finishing this book, I was left feeling very disappointed, and actually, a bit irritated.
First, it is not a complete account of the Russo-German war (as admitted by the author), rather, it seeks to describe the war by focusing on four main actions, devoting about half of the volume to the invasion and its immediate aftermath, a lot about Stalingrad, less on Kursk and finally, a brief section on Berlin.
Even though this novel approach has its benefits (not least the impossibility of describing this huge conflict in details in a single volume), I felt it was way too simplistic.
This was written almost 50 years ago, and at the time it probably was quite good considering what else was available. But so much more relevant info has come to light since then, especially from the Russian side. It is quite simply incomprehesible why the author chose not to update it when re-released 30 years later (maybe the scope of the changes needed? ). He states that he felt his work stood the test of time quite well, although admitting to treating the Germans with more contempt than they deserved.
The sources also leave something to be desired, at one point a German atrocity is even quoted from a Russian novel(!)
And the included pages of pictures could just as well have been left out, as they are invariably of very poor quality, and frequently miscaptioned.
Alas, even if it is well written and has a nice flow to it, that alone cannot make up for its many flaws. A pity.
I suggest that potential buyers seek out newer works instead.