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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Nagorski Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781400175079
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Based on previously secret documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler's defeat and changed the course of the war. Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek's former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle's 7 million troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded. Stalin and Hitler squandered the lives of their own soldiers by second-guessing their generals. And, while Stalin's army was barely armed, Hitler's soldiers had no winter clothing during the Russian winter. Historically, this was the first time the German blitzkrieg was halted in Europe, shattering Hitler's dream of a swift victory over the Soviet Union. And, although America was not yet in the war, President Roosevelt realized the importance of supporting the Russian war effort. This was the beginning of the Allied wartime alliance and Stalin's push for a postwar empire, which ended in the cold war. Because Stalin suppressed records of his near-fatal mistakes in this battle, its story has never been fully told. Now, Nagorski has studied recently declassified documents from Soviet archives and includes interviews with many survivors-including the son of the man in charge of removing Lenin's body from the besieged city-to provide the fullest view yet of this key battle. Download and start listening now!

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  • “What makes Nagorski’s account special are his skill at conveying the devastating human costs of the conflict and his integration of individual experiences with the broader strategic goals of each side.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leocooper0818 | 1/20/2014

    " Very informative. I learned a lot about Joseph Stalin and the biggest battle of WWII. I had very little knowledge of this before I read the book and did not know the Battle for Moscow was the biggest battle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zlyoc | 12/31/2013

    " sejarah.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Carraturo | 1/6/2013

    " Amazing story of how Germany was at the doorstep of Moscow and stimied. So much thankfully went wrong for the Nazi's and the world is better for it. A very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brennan | 11/27/2012

    " Good for a view of WWII from a perspective that does not center around the U.S. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 6/3/2012

    " Engaging, lucid recounting of actors (great and small), events and lasting implication of the 1941 Battle of Moscow. Unlike many WW II histories, the sacrifices of the Russian people--soldier and civilian--are recounted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 George Foley | 5/2/2012

    " This was a really good synopsis. He relied heavily on Conquest but he added from more recent memoirs of the Russian generals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 2/6/2012

    " I never knew that the battle of Moscow was the largest land battle ever conducted in human history. It is hard to believe that this battle is so over looked in the history books. I learned so much about WW2, and the leaders behind it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tomlikeslife | 12/25/2011

    " Not the best war book I've ever read but it did fill in some gaps on my knowledge of the Eastern Front in WWII. The author spent too much time talking about the politics and not enough on the actual battle. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David Brown | 10/31/2011

    " This is a book, I felt, for an experienced historian. For the lay and lazy militarian historian such as myself although an extensive use of primary sources makes for good history it can make for a poor narrative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 9/27/2011

    " This is a very good book. It tells the story of the Battle of Moscow in the larger context of WW 2, the lead up to the war and, a little bit of the consequences of the war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 5/27/2011

    " Misleading title aside, this book made for a fairly interesting read. Just don't go into it expecting to learn about the details of the actual Battle of Moscow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/7/2011

    " This is a book, I felt, for an experienced historian. For the lay and lazy militarian historian such as myself although an extensive use of primary sources makes for good history it can make for a poor narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brennan | 11/11/2009

    " Good for a view of WWII from a perspective that does not center around the U.S. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leocooper0818 | 7/24/2009

    " Very informative. I learned a lot about Joseph Stalin and the biggest battle of WWII. I had very little knowledge of this before I read the book and did not know the Battle for Moscow was the biggest battle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 6/26/2009

    " Engaging, lucid recounting of actors (great and small), events and lasting implication of the 1941 Battle of Moscow. Unlike many WW II histories, the sacrifices of the Russian people--soldier and civilian--are recounted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 1/23/2008

    " I never knew that the battle of Moscow was the largest land battle ever conducted in human history. It is hard to believe that this battle is so over looked in the history books. I learned so much about WW2, and the leaders behind it. "

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About the Author

Andrew Nagorski is a senior editor at Newsweek International. He was Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999 and Bonn bureau chief from 1985 to 1988. The winner of two Overseas Press Club awards, he has also reported from Moscow, Warsaw, Rome, and Hong Kong. He is the author of several books, including the bestseller Last Stop Vienna, Reluctant Farewell, and The Birth of Freedom. He lives in Pelham Manor, New York.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.