Synopses & Reviews
The 1941 Battle of Moscow—unquestionably one of the most decisive battles of World War II—marked the first strategic defeat of the German armed forces in their seemingly unstoppable march across Europe. The Soviets lost many more people in this one battle than the British and Americans lost in the whole of the Second World 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.
The narrative is set firmly against the background of Moscow and its people, beginning in early 1941, when the Soviet Union was still untouched by the war raging to the west. We see how—despite a mass of 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, turning the Germans back on the city's 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.
"Accessible and unforgettable…. [Vance's] reading of this book is engaging and...brings this book to life, making it ideal listening." ---Large Print Reviews
In this essential addition to the literature of World War II, international diplomat and author Rodric Braithwaite presents a brilliantly researched and realized history of the 1941 Battle of Moscow, the first strategic defeat of the German armed forces in their march across Europe.
About the Author
Rodric Braithwaite is a former diplomat and writer who has spent much of his career dealing with Russia, which he visits regularly. He served as British ambassador in Moscow during the fall of the Soviet Union, and he has also been chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee. Braithwaite is the author of a number of books on Russia, including Across the Moscow River, Russia in Europe, and Engaging Russia: A Report to the Trilateral Commission. Simon Vance, a former BBC Radio presenter and newsreader, is a full-time actor who has appeared on both stage and television. He has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, including one for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. A twelve-time Audie finalist, Simon has won Audie Awards for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Market Forces by Richard K. Morgan, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. Winner of the 2008 Booklist Voice of Choice Award, Simon has also been named an AudioFile Golden Voice as well as an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.