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A brilliantly researched and realized history, an essential addition to the literature of World War II.

The 1941 Battle of Moscow — unquestionably one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War — marked the first strategic defeat of the German armed forces in their seemingly unstoppable march across Europe. The Soviets lost many more people in that one battle than the British and Americans lost in the whole of the war. Now, with authority and narrative power, Rodric Braithwaite tells the story in large part through the individual experiences of ordinary Russian men and women.

Setting his narrative firmly against the background of Moscow and its people, Braithwaite begins in early 1941, when the Soviet Union was still untouched by the war raging to the west. We see how — despite abundant secret intelligence — the breaching of the border by the Wehrmacht in June took the country by surprise, and how, when the Germans pushed to Moscow in November, the Red Army and the capital's inhabitants undertook to defend their city. Finally, in the winter of 1941–1942, they turned the Germans back on the very outskirts.

Braithwaite's dramatic, richly illustrated narrative of the military action offers telling portraits of Stalin and his generals. By interweaving the personal remembrances of soldiers, politicians, writers, artists, workers, and schoolchildren, he gives us an unprecedented understanding of how the war affected the daily life of Moscow, and of the extraordinary bravery, endurance, and sacrifice — both voluntary and involuntary — that was required of its citizens.

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"What was existence like in Stalin's Moscow at the most fraught moment in the Soviet Union's weird history, when the German army was miles away from overrunning the city, with possibly genocidal results?

This question, among others, is addressed by Rodric Braithwaite's 'Moscow 1941,' a fascinating account of the Eastern Front's crucial showdown, the Battle of Moscow. The altercation the book... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Conversantly connected to his interviewees and to documentary sources, Braithwaite delivers a tragically human Moscow of 1941, victorious but traumatized." Booklist

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"A symphonic evocation of a great city at war." The New Yorker

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"A wide-ranging and excellent account...Braithwaite never shirks the terrible truths." Antony Beevor, Sunday Times (U.K.)

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"One of the most overlooked moments in history...the strength of Moscow 1941 lies in its eye for detail, the snapshot of everyday life that set the scene." The Observer (U.K.)

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"In his riveting book, Rodric Braithwaite brilliantly captures a pivotal year not only for Russia but also for the world....With style and intelligence, Braithwaite has delivered an eye-opening exploration of their sacrifice. We owe him — and the Russians — our thanks." Miami Herald

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"A vivid picture....As military epics go, Hitler's lightning assault on Moscow in June 1941 and the desperate but successful defense of the Russian capital that winter can hardly be matched. It has an able chronicler in Sir Rodric Braithwaite." The Economist

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"Moscow 1941 is an outstanding book. It is extremely readable and incorporates much new material into its account of how the Second World War was experienced in Moscow while shedding light on the war in the Soviet Union as a whole." Catherine Andreyev of Oxford University, The Times Higher Education Supplement

Synopsis:

Braithwaite's dramatic, richly illustrated narrative of the 1941 Battle of Moscow offers telling portraits of Stalin and his generals, giving an unprecedented account of how the war affected the daily life of Moscow.

About the Author

Rodric Braithwaite is also the author of Across the Moscow River: The World Turned Upside Down. He was British ambassador to Moscow from 1988 to 1992 and now lives in London.

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Geoffrey, December 10, 2006 (view all comments by Geoffrey)
Moscow 1941 is one of the best books written on the subject of the Eastern Front in the Second World War, and indeed I think this book is one of the best accounts of people at war period. What I enjoyed most about the book was that the people of Moscow and Russia were the focus of the story, and although there is a slight amount of military history this is not a military account of the battle. Unfortunately the Cold War distorted or propogandized so much about the Russian war effort, but Sir Braithwaite does an excellent job bringing to light their stories in a balanced and informative manner. The narrative is fast moving and informative, and although the outcome is known you are pulled towards the end with an immense amount of curiousity and interest. Highly recommended!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400044306
Subtitle:
A City and Its People at War
Author:
Braithwaite, Rodric
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Moscow, Battle of, Moscow, Russia, 1941-1942
Copyright:
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
September 2006
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS;3 MAPS
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.58x6.62x1.59 in. 1.94 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9781400044306 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Conversantly connected to his interviewees and to documentary sources, Braithwaite delivers a tragically human Moscow of 1941, victorious but traumatized."
"Review" by , "A symphonic evocation of a great city at war."
"Review" by , "A wide-ranging and excellent account...Braithwaite never shirks the terrible truths."
"Review" by , "One of the most overlooked moments in history...the strength of Moscow 1941 lies in its eye for detail, the snapshot of everyday life that set the scene."
"Review" by , "In his riveting book, Rodric Braithwaite brilliantly captures a pivotal year not only for Russia but also for the world....With style and intelligence, Braithwaite has delivered an eye-opening exploration of their sacrifice. We owe him — and the Russians — our thanks."
"Review" by , "A vivid picture....As military epics go, Hitler's lightning assault on Moscow in June 1941 and the desperate but successful defense of the Russian capital that winter can hardly be matched. It has an able chronicler in Sir Rodric Braithwaite."
"Review" by , "Moscow 1941 is an outstanding book. It is extremely readable and incorporates much new material into its account of how the Second World War was experienced in Moscow while shedding light on the war in the Soviet Union as a whole."
"Synopsis" by , Braithwaite's dramatic, richly illustrated narrative of the 1941 Battle of Moscow offers telling portraits of Stalin and his generals, giving an unprecedented account of how the war affected the daily life of Moscow.
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