A Writer at War: A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945 (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Soviet Army's newspaper, and reported from the frontlines of the war. A Writer at War depicts in vivid detail the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. Witnessing some of the most savage fighting of the war, Grossman saw firsthand the repeated early defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine, the atrocities at Treblinka, and much more.

Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova have taken Grossman's raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a gripping narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions --at once unflinching and sensitive -- we have ever had of what Grossman called “the ruthless truth of war.”


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Unique WWII insight from a Russian perspective. - Goodreads
Breathtakingly powerful writing. - Goodreads
I find the pacing to be quite good. - Goodreads

Review: A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army

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This is hands-down one of the best nonfiction books I've read. Grossman was a journalist assigned in Stalin's army during World War II, and he spent almost the entire war at the front. This includes ... Read full review

Review: A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army

User Review  - Chuck - Goodreads

This was an intriguing read. I've never before read an account of what it was like for the individual soldiers and people of the Red Army during WW2, especially by a writer who wasn't a Stalinist ... Read full review

Contents

Baptism of Fire August 1941
15
The Terrible Retreat August to Srpterrlber 1941
27
ln the South janumy 1942
79
On the Donets with the Black Division
85
jzmuary and Febru11r_y 1942
95
The Ruthless Truth of War Mnrrh to july 1942
116
The September Battles
132
The Stalingrad Academy Autumn 1942
154
The October Battles
170
The Tide Turned November 1942
191
PART FOUR
245
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293
PART FIVE
308
AFTERWORD
344
116
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About the author (2007)

VASILY GROSSMAN was born in 1905. In 1941 he became a war reporter for the Red Army newspaper Red Star and came to be regarded as a legendary war hero. Life and Fate, his masterpiece, was considered a threat to the totalitarian regime, and Grossman was told that there was no chance of the novel being published for another 200 years. Grossman died in 1964.

ANTONY BEEVOR's books include Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945, which has been translated into 25 languages.

DR. LUBA VINOGRADOVA is a researcher, translator, and freelance journalist. She has worked with Antony Beevor on his three most recent books.


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