The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II

The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II

by Andrew Nagorski
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Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CyNC More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that the book was well written but not what I understood it to be about, and that was the greatest battle on the Eastern Front during World War II. Instead very little was written about the battle itself. Most of the book dealt with the character of Joseph Stalin and the horrible purges he implemented and the errors he made regarding military decisions. The writer also covered, but to a lesser extent Hitler's military errors and his brutality and disregard for the german soldiers in Russia. The bitter Russian winter and the unpreparedness of the german soldier was also discussed in great length. I purchased the book thinking that some new incite would be provided as to why this writer thought that the Battle for Moscow was more important in the long run than either Leningrad or Kursk. The book only convinced me that the author wanted to vent about Stalin, Hitler and the Soviet regime.
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The_Paradox More than 1 year ago
As a military historian, when I get a book I first am interested is the research, and this author went above and beyond the call of duty for any general reader with the research he has done. Nagorski's research is well placed, and authoritative. He discusses many things that were not availible to historians before the fall of the Soviet Union. He also is willing to admit that the Soviet Union was not any better that the Nazis which was a refreshing taste of honesty. However, he does try and argue that certain German generals (such as Manstein and or Guderian and so on) had a duty to stop Hitler at all cost, while refusing to do such analysis on the Russian side. While that only covers a chapter it is quite frustrating to read. Overall, the book is a good read and is informative both to the general reader and the student. It also is well written so it moves along rather well. Overall, it's a good buy and I recommend it.
MRansom More than 1 year ago
this was a very provocative and enlightening book about the battle for moscow and the strategy of both of these ruthless and infamous dictators. after signing a non-agrression pact the russians seemed to feel that hitler would not wage a two front attack and were happy to invade poland from the east and share the country with russia. while stalin was continuing to purge his generals along with many others, hitler was making plans to attack the russians. when hitler finally decided to attack russia, his forces moved extremely fast on three fronts, moving towards leningrad, moscow and toward the south. the german troops moved fast on all fronts, killing civilians and the troops in front of them. stalin had laborers work to make tank traps and shlwrwea around moscow. hitler had already made one mistake-starting his attack late in june. then he made his second mistake by sending his central army and turning it to the south to attack kiev. by the time he had them move back toward moscow he had lost precious time. stalin was able to bring troops in from siberia and then the worst thing that could happen happened, the russian winter set in early and hitlers troops were not sufficiently supplied with winter gear. then the rest is history. this book was very well written and should be in anyones library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next to Norman Davies "No Simple Victory", this is one of the best books that I have read or listened to concerning World War II and the Eastern Front. This book's focus is on the period from September 1941 through February 1942. You begin to get a feel for how close the outcome of the Battle for Moscow was in the end. I have found it very interesting to read a book of this length and detail and listen to it on cd/mp3. It is amazing how much you miss in the reading.
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