The Greatest Battle

  • by Andrew Nagorski
  • Narrated by Michael Prichard
  • 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Based on previously secret documents and eyewitness testimony, this is the shocking account of the most massive and deadliest battle of World War II, which ended in Hitler's defeat and changed the course of the war. Andrew Nagorski, Newsweek's former Moscow bureau chief, reveals that 2.5 million of the battle's 7 million troops were killed, taken prisoner, or severely wounded. Stalin and Hitler squandered the lives of their own soldiers by second-guessing their generals. And, while Stalin's army was barely armed, Hitler's soldiers had no winter clothing in the Russian winter. Historically, this was the first time the German blitzkrieg was halted in Europe, shattering Hitler's dream of a swift victory over the Soviet Union. And, although America was not yet in the war, President Roosevelt realized the importance of supporting the Russian war effort. This was the beginning of the Allied wartime alliance and Stalin's push for a postwar empire, which ended in the cold war. Because Stalin suppressed records of his near-fatal mistakes in this battle, its story has never been fully told. Now, Nagorski has studied recently declassified documents from Soviet archives and includes interviews with many survivors, including the son of the man in charge of removing Lenin's body from the besieged city, to provide the fullest view yet of this key battle.

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Not about the Battle of Moscow

If you want to read a book about the Battle of Moscow – this isn’t it.
The author is a descendant of a family that fought against the Russians in Poland after the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact in 939 that was the real beginning of WWII. Most of the book is about the terror that Stalin unleashed on his own people. When the book takes a break from the long list of Stalinist terrors, he upbraids those Americans who hoped that Russia would turn to democracy. He hates Harry Hopkins, Davis, FDR – anybody who thought that beating Hitler was more important that fighting Russia.
With the chapter upon chapter listing of every Stalinist stupidity and atrocity, you wonder how the Russians ever beat Germany. And that’s what is wrong with this book – we all know that Stalinist Russia in 1941 was on the brink of disaster – as Hitler said, kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will collapse. A real question to be answered is WHY Russia didn’t collapse as everyone predicted they would. What did they do right – what did they have – that made them able to do what no other country had been able to do up to then – defeat the Wermacht.
I would not recommend this book to any serious student of the period.
It is not so well written that you can get involved in the story because every time the author actually gets into the fascinating tale of what happened in front of Moscow in late 1941, he remembers how much he hates the Communists and we’re off to the races once again.
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- Armen

Misleading

I bought this title expecting a detailed military history with descriptions of the battle for Moscow. Instead the author details everything that was going on around Stalin at the time except for the actual battle. This was actually moderately interesting. However, the author steadfastly avoids talking about the actual battle. It is lucky for Nagorski that there are no laws that the title of a book has to reflect its content.
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- Shimon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2007
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio