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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, Michael Prichard Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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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 by 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 by Zlyoc | 12/31/2013

    " sejarah.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by Brennan | 11/27/2012

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

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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.