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Subject: Stalingrad
Date Posted: 11/11/2008 12:02 PM ET
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I am wanting to learn more about Stalingrad in WW II. Can anyone suggest the best book for me to read?

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 12:45 PM ET
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Hi, Linda--I checked with my dad, who is a huge huge military history aficionado and therefore something of an expert----most of the books he recommended were heavy military history-oriented--think strategy and tactics.  He did say this one was a good intro to the battle, it's importance and difficulties---the Germans' code name for the military operation was Operation Blue (lots of imagination there), and if you also search under that in conjunction with Stalingrad, lots of reads pop up.

 

http://www.amazon.com/199-Days-Stalingrad-Edwin-Hoyt/dp/0312868537

 

this is one he says is better if one is a true military history buff:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Enemy-at-Gates-Battle-Stalingrad/dp/1568523688

 

Happy reading about Volgograd's history!

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:00 PM ET
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Date Posted: 11/11/2008 9:08 PM ET
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From a much more fluffy (as fluffy as this topic can be anyway) perspective, I'd recommend both The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons  and the Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 9:26 AM ET
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Thanks, Mimi. PBS people always come through!

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 12:35 PM ET
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Linda--ESPECIALLY on this thread; it's a smaller tighter group than the main boards, we are all passionate about HF, and the interactions are really smart and caring. In fact, I hardly ever check the 'PBS Members' Thoughts' general thread anymore....noise.

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 7:39 PM ET
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I just finished reading  THE BRONZE HORSEMAN (from a recommendation on this Forum) and it was a fantistic read.  I  have already WL for the next  two books in this series.  I absolutely love getting recommendations on HF books.

Jane

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 7:45 PM ET
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You may like this book by Gillian Slovo - Ice Road.

Loyalties, beliefs, love, family ties: all are tested to the limit in one of the most devastating moments of human history: the siege of Leningrad during World War II. Boris Aleksandrovich, a well-meaning bureaucrat, thinks he can negotiate between idealism and politics. His daughter, Natasha, learns otherwise when, as a young woman in love, she is almost crushed by her father's compromises. Watching all this unfold is Irina. Wise, ironic, marvelous Irina, whom Boris had persuaded to go on an ill-fated voyage to the Arctic Circle, where she barely survived. When she arrives back in Leningrad, he feels honor bound to find her a position within his family circle. Irina comes to understand how love for another may, in the end, be more powerful and more profound than blind loyalty to an idea. Exciting and heroic, peopled with wonderfully complex characters, Ice Road is a masterpiece. A finalist for the Orange Prize.