Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44

Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941-44

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by Anna Reid
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780747599524
Publisher:
Bloomsbury UK
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Pages:
492

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Leningrad 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 28 reviews.
djbeyers75 More than 1 year ago
History books so often articulate the dates, the events that form the narrative of an event - often with an almost scientific precision. Yet few capture the story of an event. Anna Reid's book, "Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II, 1941-1944" does exactly that. Remaining true to historical account, Reid goes beyond simple retelling of the dates and particularities of the siege of Leningrad and shares the story of those who lived through one of the 20th centuries most horrific and lesser-known events.  It is absolutely apparent that Reid analyzed this event from every perspective available to her. The interweaving of journal accounts, survivor interviews with the contextualization of the siege within the larger Russian experience of the Nazi siege provides a seemingly complete narrative. Yet Reid recognizes, or so it seems from her final chapter, that her retelling of the stories of those who experienced the atrocities of the Leningrad siege are not entirely complete - rather, a glimpse into a dark chapter of history. Simply put, I found this to be the most engaging and captivating historical book that I have read in recent years. I highly recommend this book to not only those interested in great historical narrative, but all readers who enjoy good writing.
lawrenceofalaska More than 1 year ago
Excellent book-Well researched and very readable I have also read 900 days
Suomi54 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Very well researched, very well documented. References are clearly cited and plentiful. Ms. Reid has done an outstanding job of bringing this tragedy and travesty to light. Current and future generations, as in the past, begin to lose the memory and horror of bygone atrocities. It is ever more important that we not forget lest we relive them time and time again. Ms. Reid has done a commendable job of documenting the Leningrad Siege without being heavy-handed or preachy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A slow start, with lengthy and dull descriptions of battles, but absolutely rivering once it gets going. Reads like a novel, but definitely not for the squeamish. Heart-breaking and absolutely fascinating. Also, the print is very large, about twice the size of other books I've read on the Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for russian historical buffs. Paints a real life picture of the trials and tribulations of a nation in turmoil.
bikerman More than 1 year ago
This is a great story of the people of Leningrad and how they starved off {literally} the German Siege. Very graphic in telling the story of Starvation, illiness inhumanity of man to man during the siege. Not for the squeamish. Well written and riveting.
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vonpranzer More than 1 year ago
Too long. on details
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Zor-El More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I found it interesting and it definitely provided the indepth view on this often forgotten aspect of WW2. It does drag in parts but overall is a solid read which I recommend.
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