Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Stalingrad by Antony BeevorStalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942–1943 by Antony Beevor
Published by Penguin Books on May 1st 1999
Genres: History
Pages: 494
Format: Audiobook

The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare. Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle.

In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five-month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost; then, in an astonishing reversal, encircled and trapped their Nazi enemy. This battle for the ruins of a city cost more than a million lives. Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides, fighting in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including prisoner interrogations and reports of desertions and executions. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

Antony Beevor is one of my favourite nonfiction authors, and Stalingrad is typical of his impeccably researched, well-spun tales that takes the reader behind the scenes of the battle for Stalingrad, which was one of the great turning points of the Second World War.

It is difficult to sum up the excellence of this book. Beevor relies on primary sources, including battlefield reports, and letters home to weave a story that puts the reader on the ground in the gruelling conflict. You can really get a sense of the battle to simply survive in the harsh Russian landscape, let alone trying to wage a war. The stories told in Stalingrad range from the high ranking officers on both the German – and their allies – and the Russian sides, as well as those of the average fighting men and women.

This is a book which gives the reader a deep understanding of what went on in this pivotal battle, and an appreciation for the appalling sacrifices which were made in the name of both Communism and Fascism. Beevor approaches the subject with an even, neutral base, and it is easy to see the It is impossible to come away from this book without feeling affected by it.

Antony Beevor has turned his careful, practiced hand to telling the story of the battle of Stalingrad, and produced a superb tome that will inform, entertain and enlighten. This is a very accessible book to any fan of history looking to learn more about this particular conflict.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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