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The Siege of Leningrad was one of the longest sieges in history and it inflicted some of the worst civilian casualties of World War Two. When Hitler declared his intention to obliterate the key city of Leningrad on 22 September 1941, he could not have foreseen the grim determination of its citizens. Over the course of 900 days, the city resisted the Germans pounding at its gates. Its survival contributed to the defeat of Nazism. But the price was heavy - over 1 million died in Leningrad from German bombs and artillery, or from disease, the cold or starvation.
In its suffering Leningrad became a source of symbolic national pride, of good conquering evil. The story of the siege is one of heroic resistance and stoical survival but it also one of unimaginable suffering and extreme deprivation.
The Siege of Leningrad: History in an Hour is essential reading for all history lovers.
©2013 Rupert Colley (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Keeble's powerful narration brings Colley's excellent writing to life in this riveting exploration of Soviet Russia's greatest test. The hardships are brutally described and the suffering fully explained, with the fervor and burning loyalty of the party conveyed in full colour to contrast with the irrefutable inhumanity of the siege. A riveting hour, well worth the investment.
A South African lover of classics and non-fiction, living in Lebanon, and eschewing convention.
I've not had the option of reading the print version. but the audio edition allowed me to relax and learn at the same time.
Well, I knew what would happen? It was history, after all.
Yes, I did listen to it in one sitting.
"history of one of at terrible episode of WW2"
good historical perspective
put the north front in the perspective of the whole barbarosa operation
hunger in the former capital
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