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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:
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In 1941 close to one million Russian soldiers died defending Moscow from German invasion—more causalities than that of the United States and Britain during all of World War II. Many of these soldiers were in fact not soldiers at all, but instead ordinary people who took up arms to defend their city. Students dropped their books for guns; released prisoners exchanged their freedom for battle; and women fought alongside men on the bloody, mud-covered frozen road to Moscow. By the time the United States entered the war, the Germans were already retreating and a decisive victory had been won for the Allies. 

With extensive research into the lives of soldiers, politicians, writers, artists, workers, and children, Rodric Braithwaite creates a richly detailed narrative that captures this crucial moment. Moscow 1941 is a dramatic, unforgettable portrait of an often overlooked battle that changed the world.

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Daily Mail (London)

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Mark Darling | 12/19/2012

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

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About the Author

Rodric Braithwaite was British ambassador to Moscow during the critical years of perestroika and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the failed coup of August 1991, and the rise of Boris Yeltsin. With his long experience of Russia, on good personal terms with Mikhail Gorbachev, he was in a privileged position close to the center of Russia’s changing relationship with the West. Rodric Braithwaite was based in Moscow from September 1988 to May 1992. He retains business and educational interests in Russia.