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on 7 November 2017
A great read, an excellently presented book. It cuts to the chase of an entangled web of events and presents great clarity and understanding of a very complicated and sorry event in history. Beevor has produced a top class account of the unfolding myriad of events, players and the litany of good and evil on both sides, and connects the lot in an easy to follow style. This is no mean feat given the varying and conflicting accounts that exist.
I found this book riveting and totally engaging. Well done to Anthony Beevor.
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on 7 September 2017
Wow, if you have any interest in WW2 then this is an essential read. A real insight into the "hell" that both sides endured in one of the most brutal battles ever.
The detailed accounts from both sides is gut wrenching from the perspective of the common soldier, the complete contempt for life is brought out for all readers to see.
If you weren't' aware of Hitler's downfall you will be after this, compelling reading throughout.
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on 26 August 2017
A very factual, apparently unemotional description of an appalling piece of history. The analysis of Hitler and Stalin was insightful, and increased my understanding of this time. For anyone researching the Battle for Stalingrad this book would be essential.
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on 26 September 2017
I loved the book; a lot of information and detail about field operations and people's struggle to cope with the horrors and hardships of the war
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on 13 November 2015
This is as good a work about the greatest battle of the 20th century as you are likely to find. Beevor has very obviously done a tremendous amount of research. It shows. He lets you know what the common soldier both German and Russian was thinking and the suffering of both armies. The whole story is horribly tragic resulting in the terrible deaths and suffering of hundreds of thousands of young men. It should be a red flag (no pun intended here) to world leaders who too easily send our young men to war, but I fear it will not. Beevor has done a fine job and well bears out what General Sherman said 150 years ago, "War is hell".
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on 9 May 2014
If that is what is was like I am glad I wasn't there. Beevor moves easily from overall strategy to soldier's eye view to produce an informative and very interesting work. He really holds onto the reader and, a bit like a tour guide, makes sure you miss nothing of interest. A great read at the end of which I felt as though I had really learned something about the battle and the personalities. It rounded out, and added to, some of the knowledge I already had of the commanders of WW2. As a result of buying this book, I bought Beevor's D-Day, and was similarly impressed. An author in a class of his own.
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on 30 April 2018
Highly detailed explanation of events from both sides of the Nazi occupation of Soviet Russia.
Recommended for anyone with an interest into events of the second World war.
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on 30 May 2017
The book gets right into the heart of the battle with ordinary soldiers stories and shows what a living he'll the battle was
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on 26 April 2018
So hard to depict how truely awful Stalingrad was but this does a good job. Well wroth a read for enthusiasts
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on 3 June 2018
Read this in hardback when first published and it hasn't lost any of it's appeal
Obviously well researched and written usual problem with kindle cant read the maps, never mind it is still very, very good
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