Russia at War: 1941-1945

Russia at War: 1941-1945

by Alexander Werth
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Russia at War, 1941-1945 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexander Werth was born in St. Peterburg, educated in England, and during WW II was a British correspondent for the Sunday Times and a BBC commentator. His honest account of where 80% of German forces were engaged during WW II - the "Russian Front" - is not just a meticulous account by an eyewitness to events on the ground. It is filled with empathy for the eastern peoples who suffered the brunt of the war with approximately 25 million fatalities. An unscathed family in the former Soviet Union was rare. Werth is no friend of Stalin, and to dismiss his account as "communist propaganda" as per the first reviewer is, at best, trite. For those open to appreciating the trials of the then-Soviet citizens, and curious about this too-neglected story, especially in the U.S., this is a must-read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a historical account, this book is absolutely useless. More of a propaganda piece than a history book, Werth goes overboard in his disregard of Communist atrocities against the people. The deportation of whole peoples in the Crimea (1944)is blithely dispatched with less than a paragraph, Mr. Werth does not for a moment take in to consideration the immorality and slaughter of that event. He reduces the Soviet soldiers to mere mineless slaves - 'yearning' for this, that, or whatever else the state requires of them. No doubt the book is a fascinating look at how Western intellectuals willfully deluded themselves about the immorality and slaughter of Russia's socialist regime, but as a history book this is a useless tome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent work, especially when one considers that it was first published by Werth in 1964. As Werth was in the USSR during the Patriotic War, the point of view will reflect that of a person of the time, not that of a writer of today, who will undoubtedly cast some post war/cold war/post cold war platitudes on the matter. An excellent book, especially for those interested in the history of the the Second World War.