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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (138 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rodric Braithwaite Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781400173198
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The 1941 Battle of Moscow-unquestionably one of the most decisive battles of World War II-marked the first strategic defeat of the German armed forces in their seemingly unstoppable march across Europe. The Soviets lost many more people in this one battle than the British and Americans lost in the whole of the Second World War. Now, with authority and narrative power, Rodric Braithwaite tells the story in large part through the individual experiences of ordinary Russian men and women. The narrative is set firmly against the background of Moscow and its people, beginning in early 1941, when the Soviet Union was still untouched by the war raging to the west. We see how-despite a mass of secret intelligence-the breaching of the border by the Wehrmacht in June took the country by surprise, and how, when the Germans pushed to Moscow in November, the Red Army and the capital's inhabitants undertook to defend their city, finally, in the winter of 1941–1942, turning the Germans back on the city's very outskirts. Braithwaite's dramatic, richly illustrated narrative of the military action offers telling portraits of Stalin and his generals. By interweaving the personal remembrances of soldiers, politicians, writers, artists, workers, and schoolchildren, he gives us an unprecedented understanding of how the war affected the daily life of Moscow and of the extraordinary bravery, endurance, and sacrifice-both voluntary and involuntary-that was required of its citizens. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The reader staggers from laughter to tears, while never forgetting that blood is flowing.”

    Daily Mail (London)

  • Accessible and unforgettable…. [Vance's] reading of this book is engaging and...brings this book to life, making it ideal listening. Large Print Reviews
  • “Braithwaite, who was Britain’s Ambassador to Moscow from 1988 to 1992, interviewed a remarkable range of Muscovites for the book, from students and nurses who joined the fight to a metro worker who dug Stalin’s secret bunker, and he has produced a symphonic evocation of a great city at war.”

    New Yorker

  • “A wide-ranging and excellent account…Braithwaite never shirks the terrible truths.”

    Sunday Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff.staker | 10/27/2013

    " So, if I'm standing near Joseph Stalin on the other side, I'll know I screwed up big time in life. He was a complete maniac. These were some cold, dark days in Russia. The only reason he survived the war is because he expended millions of his peeps to blunt the Germans' crazy drive east. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Singleton Mosby | 2/8/2013

    " Altough the subject of this book is very interesting indeed it could do with a little more structure and many more personal accounts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grant | 1/24/2013

    " A social history of the people of Moscow during the early stage of the Great Patriotic War, rather than a military history of the battle. Moves from high policy to daily life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Darling | 12/19/2012

    " I haven't read much about the Great Patriotic War from the Soviet/Russian perspective. Thia was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Sandgren | 7/23/2012

    " The Nazis got REALLY close to Moscow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Maguire | 7/15/2012

    " Pretty good history of the Battle of Moscow from the perspective of regular people living in the city. Shows how bleak the time was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod Zemke | 6/1/2012

    " While the focus is the German attack, there is a large amount of background material that make this a very interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Meagher | 5/25/2012

    " Reads nice and quick, enjoying so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corinne | 5/4/2012

    " An interesting look into Moscow 1941. It does a great job of driving overall points home with repetition, but not too much. A nice balance between military and civilian involvement. The only thing I wish it did was define some specific terms that are used often in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mk100 | 1/26/2012

    " Wonderful book. The military history and details of ordinary lives at this horrible, tragic, crucial moment are rendered with style and sympathy. I learned a lot and enjoyed it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 4/11/2011

    " As a 26 year old white male, I'm genetically predisposed to loving books about WWII. This one I read in preparation for Vasily Grossman's epic novel, Life and Fate. It's interesting, but sometimes gets bogged down in pedestrian detail. Which is fine, if you like that kind of thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Singleton | 1/3/2011

    " Altough the subject of this book is very interesting indeed it could do with a little more structure and many more personal accounts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mk100 | 1/4/2010

    " Wonderful book. The military history and details of ordinary lives at this horrible, tragic, crucial moment are rendered with style and sympathy. I learned a lot and enjoyed it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 12/28/2009

    " While the focus is the German attack, there is a large amount of background material that make this a very interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 6/27/2009

    " Pretty good history of the Battle of Moscow from the perspective of regular people living in the city. Shows how bleak the time was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 7/8/2008

    " The Nazis got REALLY close to Moscow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff.staker | 4/25/2008

    " So, if I'm standing near Joseph Stalin on the other side, I'll know I screwed up big time in life. He was a complete maniac. These were some cold, dark days in Russia. The only reason he survived the war is because he expended millions of his peeps to blunt the Germans' crazy drive east. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 10/26/2007

    " Reads nice and quick, enjoying so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 10/15/2007

    " As a 26 year old white male, I'm genetically predisposed to loving books about WWII. This one I read in preparation for Vasily Grossman's epic novel, Life and Fate. It's interesting, but sometimes gets bogged down in pedestrian detail. Which is fine, if you like that kind of thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 8/5/2007

    " I haven't read much about the Great Patriotic War from the Soviet/Russian perspective. Thia was interesting. "

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