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Constantine PleshakovMaybe a place this layered in history and secrecy cannot be revealed by a single writer and, instead, asks for the efforts of several devotees. Andrew Nagorski is definitely a devotee, and his new book is a landmark in studies of Russia precisely because it skillfully unwraps myths, martyrs and demons. Moscow's urban legends are not about gators in the sewage. They're about October 1941…The book is a fine diplomatic and military history, but its real triumph is in the voices Nagorski collected in numerous interviews with survivors.
—The Washington Post