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Antony Beevor's Stalingrad is a harrowing look at one of history's darkest moments.In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure'. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline.An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort.'A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist . . . This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle' Orlando Figes, Sunday Telegraph 'A brilliantly researched tour de force of military history' Sarah Bradford, The TimesAntony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have sold nearly four million copies.
Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Antony Beevor vividly brings to life the epic struggles that took place in Second World War Crete - reissued with a new introduction.'The best book we have got on Crete' ObserverThe Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 - a unique event in the history of warfare - to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round. Nor did the conflict end there. Ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance, aided by a dramatic cast of British officers from Special Operations Executive.
The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so too did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of Liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation but the whole of the post-war world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe.Making use of overlooked and new material from over thirty archives in half a dozen countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.
THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER'RECOUNTS, IN HARROWING DETAIL AND WITH FORMIDABLE SKILL, THE BRUTAL DEATH-THROES OF HITLER'S REICH AT THE HANDS OF THE RAMPAGING RED ARMY' Boyd Tonkin, Independent'Makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own . . . compellingly readable, deeply researched, and beautifully written' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Spectator'An irresistibly compelling narrative, of events so terrible that they still have the power to provoke wonder and awe' Adam Sisman, Observer'A masterpiece' Michael Burleigh, Guardian'Brilliant. Combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with a novelist's eye for detail' Orlando Figes, Sunday Times'Startling, chilling, compelling. Beevor's writing burns like a torch at night in a landscape of ruins' LiteraryReview'Powerful, diligently researched and beautifully written . . . even better than Stalingrad' Andrew Roberts, Mail on SundayThe Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army.Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.
Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Ardennes 1994 by Antony Beever, read by Sean Barrett. On 16 December 1944, Hitler launched his last gamble in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes on the Belgian/German border. Although Hitlers generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. In January 1945, when the Red Army launched its onslaught towards Berlin, the once-feared German war machine was revealed to be broken beyond repair. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the Wehrmacht.
The bestselling author of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL on the Spanish Civil War, drawing on masses of newly discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives.
The dramatic story of Russia's revolution and civil war, from Antony Beevor, the bestselling historian and author of the classic Stalingrad
A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian.
'The book is a masterpiece' The Spectator'A gripping narrative history of one of the most complex episodes in modern Russian history' Sunday times'Antony Beevor's Russia is a masterpiece of history' Daily TelegraphBetween 1917 and 1921 a devastating struggle took place in Russia following the collapse of the Tsarist empire. Many regard this savage civil war as the most influential event of the modern era. An incompatible White alliance of moderate socialists and reactionary monarchists stood little chance against Trotsky's Red Army and Lenin's single-minded Communist dictatorship. Terror begat terror, which in turn led to even greater cruelty with man's inhumanity to man, woman and child. The struggle became a world war by proxy as Churchill deployed weaponry and troops from the British empire, while armed forces from the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Poland and Czechoslovakia played rival parts. Using the most up to date scholarship and archival research, Antony Beevor, author of the acclaimed international bestseller Stalingrad, assembles the complete picture in a gripping narrative that conveys the conflict through the eyes of everyone from the worker on the streets of Petrograd to the cavalry officer on the battlefield and the woman doctor in an improvised hospital.
Bestseller Sunday TimesPe 17 septembrie 1944, generalul Kurt Student, fondatorul forE elor de paraE utiE ti ale Germaniei naziste, a auzit mugetul motoarelor de avion. A ieE it n balconul care se deschidea spre cmpiile plate ale sudului A A rilor de Jos E i a vA zut armada de aparate Dakota E i de planoare care aduceau cu ele diviziile 1 Aeropurtate britanicA E i 101 E i 82 Aeropurtate americane. A privit cu invidie demonstraE ia impresionantA de forE A a trupelor de paraE utiE ti.OperaE iunea Market Garden, planul din 1944 de a pune capA t rA zboiului prin capturarea podurilor care duceau spre Rinul Inferior E i dincolo de acesta, a fost un concept ndrA zneE . Cel puE in americanii l-au considerat neobiE nuit de ndrA zneE pentru feldmareE alul Montgomery. A fost cea mai mare demonstraE ie de forE A a trupelor de paraE utiE ti din toate timpurile - dar costul eE ecului a fost teribil, mai ales pentru neerlandezii care au riscat totul pentru a ajuta. Represaliile germanilor au fost crude E i au durat pnA la finalul rA zboiului. FascinaE ia britanicilor pentru eE ecurile eroice a umbrit povestea de la Arnhem cu norii miturilor, inclusiv al celui care spune cA victoria ar fi fost chiar posibilA . Antony Beevor, folosind multe surse noi E i deopotrivA uitate din arhive neerlandeze, britanice, americane, poloneze E i germane, a reconstruit teribila realitate a acestei confruntA ri epice. Cu toate acestea, cartea, scrisA n stilul inimitabil E i fascinant al lui Beevor, este despre mult mai mult dect o singurA bA tA lie dramaticA . Este o cale de a privi chiar n inima rA zboiului.n minile lui Beevor, Arnhem a devenit un studiu al caracterului naE ional."e;The TimesO carte superbA , cu o documentare fA rA cusur E i minunat scrisA ."e;Daily TelegraphUn maestru desA vrE it att al povestirii, ct E i al utilizA rii surselor."e;Keith Lowe, Literary ReviewAnaliza pe care o face acestui dezastru este demnA de un criminalist."e;Sunday TimesO relatare meticuloasA , minunat de vie E i pe bunA dreptate furioasA a unuia dintre cele mai mari dezastre ale celui de-al Doilea RA zboi Mondial."e;Max HastingsCel mai mare cronicar al celui de-al Doilea RA zboi Mondial."e;Evening StandardCea mai bunA literaturA pe teme militare a vremurilor noastre."e;El PasAntony Beevor este autorul, printre altele, al volumelorCrete: The Battle and the Resistance(cE tigA tor al Premiului Runciman),Stalingrad(Premiul Samuel Johnson, Premiul Wolfson pentru Istorie E i Premiul Hawthornden), Berlin: The Downfall,The Battle for Spain (Premio La Vanguardia),D-Day: The Battle for Normandy(Prix Henry Malherbe E i Medalia RUSI Westminster),The Second World War, Ardennes 1944(finalist Prix Mdicis).Fiind cel mai bine vndut istoric din Marea Britanie, cA rE ile lui Beevor au apA rut n 33 de limbi E i s-au vndut n opt milioane de exemplare. Fost preE edinte al Society of Authors, a primit mai multe doctorate onorifice. Este profesor asociat la Universitatea Kent E i membru onorific al King's College, Londra. A fost nnobilat n 2017.La Editura Litera, n anul 2020, a apA rut volumul Stalingrad.
Bestsellerul devenit clasic, despre punctul de cotitura de dimensiuni epice al celui de-al Doilea Razboi Mondialn octombrie 1942, un ofiE er de Panzer scria: Stalingradul nu mai este un oraE ... E i animalele fug din acest iad; cele mai dure pietre nu pot rezista prea mult; doar oamenii ndurA ."e; BA tA lia de la Stalingrad a devenit punctul central al hotA rrii lui Hitler E i a lui Stalin de a cE tiga ngrozitorul rA zboi de pe Frontul de Est. CetA E enii Stalingradului au ndurat greutA E i de neimaginat; bA tA lia, purtatA corp la corp n fiecare ncA pere a fiecA rei clA diri, a fost brutal de distrugA toare pentru ambele armate. Dar victoria finalA a Armatei RoE ii E i eE ecul OperaE iunii Barbarossa au nsemnat prima nfrngere pentru ambiE iile teritoriale ale lui Hitler n Europa E i nceputul declinului sA u.O poveste extraordinarA despre geniul tactic, curajul civililor E i natura rA zboiului, care a schimbat modul n care este scrisA istoria, Stalingrad este un elogiu al rolului vital al efortului sovietic de rA zboi.O poveste de dimensiuni monumentale despre tragedia umanA .Max HastingsMagnific.Daily TelegraphSe citeE te ca un roman istoric clasic, de proporE iile epopeii RA zboi E i pace.Guardian
Post liberation Paris an epoch charged with political and conflicting emotions. Liberation was greeted with joy but marked by recriminations and the trauma of purges. The feverish intellectual arguments of the young took place amidst the mundane reality of hunger and fuel shortages. This is a stunning historical account of one of the most stimulating periods in twentieth century French history.
Grazhdanskaya vojna v Ispanii - odno iz samyh protivorechivyh sobytij v mirovoj istorii. Mnogie vidyat v nej nachalo Vtoroj mirovoj vojny. Nekotorye storonniki respubliki po-prezhnemu schitayut, chto pobeda levyh v Ispanii stala by porazheniem fashizma i spasla by Evropu ot posledovavshih uzhasov. Nacionalisty zhe utverzhdayut, chto grazhdanskaya vojna na samom dele byla nachalom holodnoj vojny mezhdu zapadnoj civilizaciej i sovetskim rezhimom. EHntoni Bivor prolivaet svet na hod vojny, kotoraya razrushila Ispanskuyu respubliku i stala krusheniem nadezhd celogo pokoleniya, a takzhe fiksiruet protivorechiya vrazhdebnyh storon, predostavlyaya chitatelyu unikal'nuyu vozmozhnost' samomu analizirovat' istoricheskuyu situaciyu togo vremeni, opirayas' na obshirnejshij faktologicheskij material i svidetel'stva ochevidcev.
Olga Chekhova was a stunning Russian beauty and a famous Nazi-era film actress who Hitler counted among his friends; she was also the niece of Anton Chekhov. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev, to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her.
A magisterial, single-volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known by our foremost military historian.*****The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects. Using the most up-to-date scholarship and research, Beevor assembles the whole picture in a gripping narrative that extends from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific and from the snowbound steppe to the North African Desert.Although filling the broadest canvas on a heroic scale, Beevor's The Second World War never loses sight of the fate of the ordinary soldiers and civilians whose lives were crushed by the titanic forces unleashed in the most terrible war in history.
Antony Beevor's The Mystery of Olga Chekhova is the true story of a family torn apart by revolution and war.Olga Chekhova was a stunning Russian beauty and a famous Nazi-era film actress who Hitler counted among his friends; she was also the niece of Anton Chekhov. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev, to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her. The extraordinary story of how the whole family survived the Russian Revolution, the civil war, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union becomes, in Antony Beevor's hands, a breathtaking tale of compromise and survival in a merciless age.
The bestselling author of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL on the Spanish Civil War, drawing on masses of newly discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives.The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.