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The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan

For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West.

Rana Mitter focuses his gripping narrative on three towering leaders: Chiang Kai-shek, the politically gifted but tragically flawed head of Chinaand#8217;s Nationalist government; Mao Zedong, the Communistsand#8217; fiery ideological stalwart, seen here at the beginning of his epochal career; and the lesser-known Wang Jingwei, who collaborated with the Japanese to form a puppet state in occupied China. Drawing on Chinese archives that have only been unsealed in the past ten years, he brings to vivid new life such characters as Chiangand#8217;s American chief of staff, the unforgettable and#8220;Vinegar Joeand#8221; Stilwell, and such horrific events as the Rape of Nanking and the bombing of Chinaand#8217;s wartime capital, Chongqing. Throughout, Forgotten Ally shows how the Chinese people played an essential role in the wider war effort, at great political and personal sacrifice.

Forgotten Ally rewrites the entire history of World War II. Yet it also offers surprising insights into contemporary China. No twentieth-century event was as crucial in shaping Chinaand#8217;s worldview, and no one can understand China, and its relationship with America today, without this definitive work.

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The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan in World War II.

Synopsis:

Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost, then caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

Synopsis:

This gripping history is the definitive account of the battle that shifted the tide of World War II, conveying the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. of photos. National radio telephone tour.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 477-485) and index.

About the Author

RANA MITTERandnbsp;is a professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Oxford and the author of several books including A Bitter Revolution. He is a regular contributor to British television and radio. His writing has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian,andnbsp;and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Stalingrad List of Illustrations and Maps

Preface

Part One. 'The World Will Hold Its Breath'

1. The Double-Edged Sword of Barbarossa

2. 'Nothing is Impossible for the German Soldier!'

3. 'Smash in the Door and the Whole Rotten Structure Will Come Crashing Down!'

4. Hitler's Hubris: The Delayed Battle for Moscow

Part Two. Barbarossa Relaunched

5. General Paulus's First Battle

6. 'How Much Land Does a Man Need?'

7. 'Not One Step Backwards'

8. 'The Volga is Reached!'

Part Three. 'The Fateful City'

9. 'Time is Blood': The September Battles

10. Rattenkrieg

11. Traitors and Allies

12. Fortresses of Rubble and Iron

13. Paulus's Final Assault

14. 'All For the Front!'

Part Four. Zhukov's Trap

15. Operation Uranus

16. Hitler's Obsession

17. 'The Fortress Without a Roof'

18. 'Der Manstein Kommit!'

19. 'Christmas in the German Way'

Part Five. The Subjugation of the Sixth Army

20. The Air-Bridge

21. 'Surrender Out of the Question'

22. 'A German Field Marshall Does Not Commit Suicide with a Pair of Nail Scissors!'

23. 'Stop Dancing! Stalingrad Has Fallen'

24. The City of the Dead

25. The Sword of Stalingrad

Appendix A: German and Soviet Orders of Battle, 19 November 1942

Appendix B: The Statistical Debate: Sixth Army Strength in the Kessel

References

Source Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140284584
Subtitle:
Chinaand#146;s World War II, 1937-1945
Author:
Beevor, Antony
Author:
Mitter, Rana
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Stalingrad, battle of, 1942-1943
Subject:
Stalingrad, Battle of, 194
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130910
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 photos to set on two bandw 8-pp inser
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.55 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , The epic, untold story of Chinaand#8217;s devastating eight-year war of resistance against Japan in World War II.
"Synopsis" by ,
Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost, then caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.
"Synopsis" by , This gripping history is the definitive account of the battle that shifted the tide of World War II, conveying the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. of photos. National radio telephone tour.

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