Tuesday, March 6, 2007

New at CARL - Moscow 1941: a City and its People at War

Find at CARL: Moscow 1941 : a city and its people at war by Rodric Braithwaite Click here to read book summary Review by Andrey Slivaka, Washington Post 24 Dec 2006: Excerpt: What was existence like in Stalin's Moscow at the most fraught moment in the Soviet Union's weird history, when the German army was miles away from overrunning the city, with possibly genocidal results? This question, among others, is addressed by Rodric Braithwaite's Moscow 1941, a fascinating account of the Eastern Front's crucial showdown, the Battle of Moscow. The altercation the book treats was World War II's biggest, involving 7 million participants on both sides (Stalingrad, by comparison, involved 4 million) and an area of operations "the size of France." It was also, arguably, the war's most important battle; outside Moscow, the Nazis suffered their first military defeat. After it failed to overrun the Bolshevik capital, Braithwaite writes, the Wehrmacht no longer seemed invincible. "In their hearts," he writes, "many Germans already knew that, if the Battle of Moscow was not the beginning of the end, it was most certainly the end of the beginning." Read rest of the full review Related podcast BBC Interview with the author Rodric Braithwaite

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