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Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943


Book Overview: Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943

The Battle of Stalingrad was not only the psychological turning point of World War II: it also changed the face of modern warfare. From Antony Beevor, the internationally bestselling author of D-Day and The Battle of Arnhem.

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 itnerviewed 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.

Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle.

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PublisherPenguin Books
Publication Date1999-05-01
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"A fantastic and sobering story...fully and authoritatively told."-- The New York Times

"Stalingrad's heart-piercing tragedy needed a chronicler with acute insight into human nature as well as the forces of history. Antony Beevor is that historian."--The Wall Street Journal

"Easily the most complete and objective picture of the battle's scale and ferocity that American readers have ever read."-- Dallas Morning News

"Magnificent...Certainly the best narrative of the battle yet to appear and...not likely to be surpassed in our time."--John Keegan

Antony Beevor is a preeminent British historian and author, renowned for his meticulously detailed and profound studies of World War II. Born on December 14, 1946, in London, he was educated at Winchester College and Sandhurst, where he studied military history before serving in the British Army for five years. Beevor's works are distinguished by his engagement with a wide array of sources, rendering comprehensive narratives that encompass the broad spectrum of human experience in war. Beevor's literary acclaim was solidified with his publication of "Stalingrad" in 1998, winning the first Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson History Prize, and Hawthornden Prize for Literature. His next major work, "The Fall of Berlin 1945," further strengthened his reputation as a remarkable historian dedicated to unearthing the human stories beneath the strategies and statistics of war. Uniquely combining scholarly rigor with a masterful storytelling ability, Beevor has captivated readers worldwide. Forever expanding our understanding of war and its impact, Antony Beevor has firmly established his place in the pantheon of great historical authors. Despite his numerous accomplishments, Beevor remains active in contributing to contemporary historical discourse and writing.

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