Leningrad: State of Siege

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Michael Jones tells the human story of the siege of Leningrad. Drawing on newly available eyewitness accounts, he shows Leningrad in its every dimension including taboos such as looting, criminal gangs and cannibalism. Jones' history reveals that when the 900-day siege finally came to an end in 1944, more than a million people had died, and those who survived would be permanently marked by what they had endured.
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British military historian Jones (Stalingrad) explores the physical and psychological depths of the 872-day siege of Leningrad during WWII-"one of the most horrific sieges in history"-in this sobering chronicle. Leningrad, a city of 2.5 million, was a major objective of Hitler because of its economic, military and symbolic significance (as the "birthplace of the Bolshevik Revolution"). Besieged and poorly served by the corrupt and incompetent city administration, Leningrad descended into starvation, "widespread looting and cannibalism" and deadly epidemics. Despite the appalling conditions, says Jones, "a remarkable humanity still survived," and Leningrad miraculously managed to hold out until the Soviet Army liberated the city in January 1944. It's likely that more than one million civilians perished during the siege. Following in the footsteps of Harrison Salisbury's classic 1969 account, The 900 Days,Jones draws extensively from the diaries of siege victims and interviews with survivors for a harrowing portrait of life reduced to a single pursuit: "the hunt for food." Readers interested in military history, the Soviet Union or the psychology of survival will appreciate this unforgettable saga. 35 b&w illus., 5 maps. (July)

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The Herald (Glasgow), May 17, 2007
“Jones charts the journey through moral and physical nightmare via the recollections of some who clung doggedly to life and from the diaries of many who did not see the end of the torment. It is a powerful narrative, evoking images of a descent into chaos few who had not experienced it could possibly imagine….Jones's gripping account is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in circumstances where it might easily have been overwhelmed, not by German firepower, but by sheer horror.”

The HistorianLeningrad: State of Siege makes for compelling reading, and it is recommended to anyone who wants a better understanding of the human, and all too often tragic, dimension of the experience of ordinary people who lived in Leningrad and indeed much of Europe during the Second World War.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465011537
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jones has a Ph.D. in history from Bristol University and has taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he has previously written books on Agincourt and Stalingrad. He lives in Croyden, England.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Maps


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Introduction 1

1 'An Almost Scientific Method': The German Advance 11

2 'The Biggest Bag of Shit in the Army': Attempts to Defend 46

3 The Butcher's Hook: Ordinary Civilians' Experience 81

4 The Noose: The Blockade Is Not Broken 109

5 Elena's Sketchbook: The Emerging Horror 142

6 The Abortionist: The Onset of Mass Starvation 173

7 One Black Beret: The Authorities Lose Control 203

8 The Road of Life: Keeping Hope Alive 220

9 The Symphony: Finding the Will to Survive 238

10 Operation Spark: The Military Breakthrough 262

11 Something Necessary: The Siege is Lifted 277

Epilogue 293

Notes 297

Bibliography 306

Index 311

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  • Posted October 3, 2009

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    Very well written and documented.

    The author does a great job making you see and feel the events on both sides of the city. It's almost as if you are there as you turn each page...

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  • Posted February 9, 2009


    I am a voracious reader, but rarely have I come across a book that I simply cannot put down. I was up until 3 am reading this for several nights. Better than any suspense thriller, I was simultaneously afraid to turn the page, but was turning them faster and faster.<BR/><BR/>This is truly a virtually undocumented historical event of momentous impact on society and literally millions of individuals, mostly innocent civilians.<BR/><BR/>I consider myself a pretty good amateur historian, but I never knew the dimensions of the horror of the siege of Leningrad.<BR/><BR/>Anyone who thinks war is glamourous needs to be forced to read this book. In addition to the historical significance, this book is a story of the extent of humans being unspeakably cruel, and others (or even the same ones) being incredibly generous and strong.<BR/><BR/>Simply amazing!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    Excellant and informative read

    I picked this book up because I know nothing about the Siege of Leningrad. This book is Excellent! If you know nothing about the Siege this book will open your eyes. The book is written extremely well, flows nicely and it is hard to put down. If you are a fan of history of any kind this book is a must read. FANTASTIC Read."

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