This book is the perfect introduction to those wanting to understand what really happened during the Siege of Leningrad. It really is the history of the Siege of Leningrad in an hour.
Colley has succeeded in writing a perfectly concise and factually correct historical analysis, whilst also revealing the true stories of just some of those unlucky enough to be caught in the blockade. His use of diary extracts brings this brutal piece of history to life- making his small account very moving and equally as gripping.
This is the second History in an hour book I have purchased. At the price it cannot be beaten and it gives a great overview on the subject. The key players bios and timeline feature prove very useful. I needed to get a quick overall picture for a study group I belong to and this was just the start I needed. Could recommend them to readers in a similar position.
Pretty basic account of the three year siege. Excellent for anyone interested in one of the longest sieges in history. One million civillians died: some from German bombs and shells, but most from hunger and disease. A good introduction to this tragedy, but further reading would be required for the student.
Concise, clear, almost all-encompassing. I was enthralled and was spurred to read up on several more accounts of the same subject. Briefly, Mr Colley has managed to put across all the necessary elements in this heroically tragic chapter in our recent history.
Found this a superb read indeed. It whetted my appetite for more and I immediately ordered Leningrad: Tragedy of a City under Siege. A great book and it certainly connected me with a fascinating and moving theme in history.