The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II

The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II

Andrew Nagorski / Aug 22, 2019

The Greatest Battle Stalin Hitler and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II The battle for Moscow was the biggest battle of World War II the biggest battle of all time And yet it is far less known than Stalingrad which involved about half the number of troops From the time H

  • Title: The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II
  • Author: Andrew Nagorski
  • ISBN: 9780743281102
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The battle for Moscow was the biggest battle of World War II the biggest battle of all time And yet it is far less known than Stalingrad, which involved about half the number of troops From the time Hitler launched his assault on Moscow on September 30, 1941, to April 20, 1942, seven million troops were engaged in this titanic struggle The combined losses of both sidThe battle for Moscow was the biggest battle of World War II the biggest battle of all time And yet it is far less known than Stalingrad, which involved about half the number of troops From the time Hitler launched his assault on Moscow on September 30, 1941, to April 20, 1942, seven million troops were engaged in this titanic struggle The combined losses of both sides those killed, taken prisoner or severely wounded were 2.5 million, of which nearly 2 million were on the Soviet side But the Soviet capital narrowly survived, and for the first time the German Blitzkrieg ended in failure This shattered Hitler s dream of a swift victory over the Soviet Union and radically changed the course of the war.The full story of this epic battle has never been told because it undermines the sanitized Soviet accounts of the war, which portray Stalin as a military genius and his people as heroically united against the German invader Stalin s blunders, incompetence and brutality made it possible for German troops to approach the outskirts of Moscow This triggered panic in the city with looting, strikes and outbreaks of previously unimaginable violence About half the city s population fled But Hitler s blunders would soon loom even larger sending his troops to attack the Soviet Union without winter uniforms, insisting on an immediate German reign of terror and refusing to heed his generals pleas that he allow them to attack Moscow as quickly as possible In the end, Hitler s mistakes trumped Stalin s mistakes.Drawing on recently declassified documents from Soviet archives, including files of the dreaded NKVD on accounts of survivors and of children of top Soviet military and government officials and on reports of Western diplomats and correspondents, The Greatest Battle finally illuminates the full story of a clash between two systems based on sheer terror and relentless slaughter.Even as Moscow s fate hung in the balance, the United States and Britain were discovering how wily a partner Stalin would turn out to be in the fight against Hitler and how eager he was to push his demands for a postwar empire in Eastern Europe In addition to chronicling the bloodshed, Andrew Nagorski takes the reader behind the scenes of the early negotiations between Hitler and Stalin, and then between Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill.This is a remarkable addition to the history of World War II.

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        From back cover Andrew Nagorski, award winning journalist, is vice president and director of public policy at the EastWest Institute, a New York based international affairs think tank During a long career at Newsweek, he served as the magazine s bureau chief in Hong Kong, Moscow, Rome, Bonn, Warsaw, and Berlin He lives in Pelham Manor, New York.


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    1. This was a solid and readable book suited to the general reader, myself included. The author provides a good outline of the build up to the German invasion and then the campaign leading to Moscow's edges mixed with anecdotes and quotes from the political leaderships, commanders, troops and civilians.My reasoning for three stars is that whilst book is readable and informative Moscow in terms of battle joined (in its specific sense of the German movement and attacks to reach and capture the capita [...]


    2. Generally ignored by prosperity, certainly considered secondary to Stalingrad when remembering the German clashes with Russia during Operation Barbarossa, in his introduction Nagorski calls the battle for Moscow "arguably the most important battle of WWII and inarguably the largest battle between two armies of all time" (7 million fought, up to 2.5 killed or injured).Certainly the incredible cost of human life that resulted from one madman's attempt to conquer a continent and another sociopath's [...]


    3. Putin and his KGB cronies are trying to replicate the Soviet Empire through military action taken against weak neighbors while describing USSRs 1989 collapse as a great moral tragedy. This marvelous book sheds light on what another Russian tyrant did in 1941 to save his skin: throw any and all conscripted soldiers at the invaders. Stalin lost 1.7 MILLION men in this one battle but Moscow was saved so that he could continue to be reponsible for the deaths of 25 MILLION of his Soviet countrymen.Th [...]


    4. Completely biased and from what I could suffer through factually incorrect. Stalin's essay, or Marxism and the National Question was written in 1913 not 1901 as Nagorski claims. It was also Stalin's second wife Nadezhda Alliluyeva who melted his heart of stone not his first Kato Svanidze. If you're going to write biased hogwash get your facts right.


    5. Solid, but a bit rambling and anecdotal. Nagorski continuously compares shortcomings of Hitler and Stalin -- their refusal to listen to their generals, or listen to anything they didn't want to hear; their callous indifference to how many of their own troops were lost to achieve their ends; their unrealistic and capricious plans and goals. These frequent comparisons sidetracked the book at times but were, thankfully, fairly interesting. Written in two directions, as it were, Nagorski draws from [...]


    6. Despite of being a very interesting chapter of WWII, the author's partiality against the Soviet Union can be considered pure anti-communist propaganda. I wasn't expecting a so 'Stalin-centric' report, which propagates common misconceptions about the Soviet regime.Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending Stalin or the URSS. But the author insists to perpetuate an idea of generalized terror whereupon the soviet people would be 'afraid of their leaders' on a daily basis. Besides, it insists to argue f [...]


    7. Andrew Nagorski a choisi d'écrire sur une bataille qui marqua le premier échec de la Blitzkrieg hitlérienne, une bataille dont les enjeux militaires mais surtout politiques furent considérables. On regrettera énormément le parti pris absolu de l'auteur qui passe tellement de pages à démontrer l'incompétence voire la bêtise et surtout l'horreur avilissante de Staline que l'on ne parvient plus à comprendre comment l'Armée Rouge a réussi là où les armées française et anglaises avai [...]


    8. If you know very little about World War II, then this book would be a nice introduction to a crucial battle on the most important front. But if you know the outlines of the conflict and the battle, then I do not recommend the book. There are some nice interviews with survivors, and a chapter on a one-day panic in Moscow of which I had not heard, but otherwise, this was very familiar ground. And it does only a passable job of analyzing why the Germans failed to take Moscow.


    9. If one was looking for a detailed description of the defining battle of 'Operation Barbarossa,' he would be disappointed. The Battle for Moscow is described with some good maps but the book is much more than that. It goes into detail into the strategy for the whole operation and into the character and action of the people involved, from the leaders to the soldiers and civilians. At times it's a litany of horrors perpetrated one after another. I suppose nothing less was expected when two of the g [...]


    10. This is less of a military account of the battle for Moscow than it is a behind-the-scenes look at the regimes of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin during that enormous conflict. The majority of the focus, though, is on Stalin. And in that regard, the amount of research here is very commendable. I can imagine the kinks that Andrew Nagorski had to work out when it comes to what's true and what's a result of Soviet propaganda. The result is a very fascinating and readable account of the tyrant himself [...]


    11. A Very enjoyable book, and an important one. I have to say this one is very let down by its cover, which is poorly art-directed. Looks like a pot-boiler- is actually a real strong work of history. Nagorski sets out to tell the story of the Battle of Moscow, even the whole first year of the Russian Front Blitzkrieg, not so much via the tactical or strategic story, although those are here, but rather through the human costs of the campaign, and the political machinations, both insie and outside Ru [...]


    12. The book lacks military information on the battles fought. There are better books out there about this battle.It focuses too much on diplomatic missions or in creating profiles about Hitler and Stalin that bring nothing new to the discussion.


    13. O livro prende a atenção não se concentrando apenas nos grandes movimentos de tropas mas também em detalhes de várias vidas em particular


    14. After reading a biography on Stalin last year I wanted to learn more about the Soviets during World War Two. So when I found this book on the Battle of Moscow I was excited. In the opening of the book the author made it clear that while there is some distant historical imagination in the Russian public memory of the Battle of Moscow, very few people know the exact details and actual facts beyond the sanitized Soviet account. The book’s chief point is to explore the battle historically with dat [...]


    15. Very scatter-shot, meandering book. Not really specifically about the battle for Moscow, but still very interesting. I especially enjoyed the information Nagorski got from is own interviews. The story about the family that attended to Lenin's body during the war was very interesting. And again we are reminded at how blind FDR was to Stalin's intentions, much to Churchill's dismay, and how taken he seemed to be with the Russian leader. We are still left wondering at how Stalin seemingly willed hi [...]


    16. When you call a book the Greatest Battle, you would expect that the book would tell the story of, well, a battle. I suppose if you want to get metaphorical this book is about a sort of struggle, but not a military one. Rather it is about the Russian's people struggle to get a war won while Stalin was leading the country. The lopsided emphasis of the narrative makes the subtitle Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II, all the more inappropria [...]


    17. A revealing look at World War II on the Eastern Front between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia based on documents released after the fall of the Berlin wall. If ever you were looking for a clash between two supremely evil leaders, this would be the story of all stories. I'm sure everyone is aware of Hitler's atrocities. However, Stalin could be considered just as brutal and sadistic. The difference being Stalin came to fight on our side (or we fought on his side). Without his involvement, th [...]


    18. It's hard to imagine a book making you feel sympathy for Stalin, but there was a bit of that feeling from this book. The image of Stalin cowering in his dachau when the German's invaded Russia in fear that his own government would have him shot is striking. The bungling by Hitler shows yet again just how close they came to winning this war. A good book that shed new light on a subject that I had been briefly aware of before.


    19. This one is for the historian, and anyone interested in the Second World War. Nagorski gives the reader a differnet look into the Battle of Moscow. Most of us, when we think of the clash between Hitler and Stalin, usually look to the Battle of Stalingrad. I was totally amazed in finding out that the Battle of Moscow was "the biggest battle of all time". Seven million troops, both German and Russian, were engaged in this battle. The combined losses on both sides were 2.5 million, 2 million being [...]


    20. A compelling read about the largest battle in history. The author argues the battle for Moscow hasn't received the place in history it deserves because of the uncomfortable questions it raises about Stalin's leadership before and during the war. To focus too much on the battle for Moscow after the war raised too many questions about Stalin's collaborations with Hitler to divide Poland, the effect of his deadly military purges on the readiness of Soviet defenses, and just how it was that the Germ [...]


    21. The basic outline of Nagorski's story isfamiliar if you've read a general history of World War II: the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the collapse of the Red Army, the calamitous misjudgments on both sides, the desperate fight for the Soviet capital. Nagorski uncovered details of the struggle that are new to most Western readers and a departure from the official Soviet story of an unwaveringly stalwart defense; in fact, as the Germans arrived on the city's outskirts, the capital fe [...]


    22. For a student of military history, I keep finding out things I didn't know. For WW2, I've had an American's typical understanding that focuses on the Western Front (and Pacific Theater), knowing only vaguely about the cataclysm occurring on the Eastern Front. This book focuses on the central part of that conflict, Nazi Germany's push towards the heart of the Soviet Union. It covers the battle, but spends more time on the broader political and social history of that time. Hitler's boldnessd mista [...]


    23. One of the greatest work of history about World War II. It unfolds the various secrets and real life incidents that speaks to itself about the two peculiar dictators of all time and their military leadership. Its a collection of various interviews of people who were involved or seen this one of the biggest disastrous battle of Moscow. Author has compiled it as a research work on World War II, though its more of a Russian point of view and about how Stalin lay down his human soldiers like waves o [...]


    24. This was a very interesting book for a World War II historian like me. Most of the material was recently declassified by the the former Soviet Union. As Russia won the Great War against Germany, they paint a very rosy picture of how Russians united to face the German threat. The truth is a bit more mixed. While, thankfully, the Red Army won, it was a much closer thing than history portrays. Stalin made numerous blunders that nearly handed Moscow to the Wehrmacht, it was only the massive sacrific [...]


    25. I listened to this on CD and was mildly put off by the voice of the person reading. Otherwise a good book. I knew Stalin was bad, but had never read anything about him. He was a sociopath who was perhaps just as bad as Hitler. I hadn't realized that Lenin had warned not to let Stalin have power, but Stalin had already grabbed it. I didn't realize that both Hitler and Stalin were as intelligent as they were. That intelligence helped them get them to leadership positions but because they looked do [...]


    26. I rate this book so high because it taught me a lot about a major portion of recent world history that I didn't know I didn't know.D-Day, the part everyone knows about from Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, involved the landing of some 160,000 troops in France. Operation Overlord (the invasion of Europe) in its entirety involved some 2,000,000 allied forces in the first two months. The Battle for Moscow alone had more Russian casualties than entire European Invasion had allied forces! Who [...]


    27. This is the first time I've read a comprehensive work on the Battle of Moscow - and this felt like it dug into the details of the grand strategy (or lack thereof) of the battle without bogging down into details. It was very interesting to read about less well-known elements of the history as well.


    28. A fine overall study of the early phase of the Soviet-German conflict, balancing the perspectives of the senior political and military leaders on both sides with those of average soldiers and civilians caught up in the battles. With almost a third of the book devoted to setting the stage, the military aspects of the battle receive relatively light analysis, but Nagorski successfully argues for the place of the Battle of Moscow in the historiography of World War II. Very good for non-specialists [...]


    29. Wow, this one was amazing. It really shows just how near-run a thing Operation Barbarossa was for the Wehrmacht. Before reading this book, I believed that Stalingrad was the single most important battle on the Eastern front. However, this book shows in stunning detail just how great a catastrophe it would have been if the Germans had taken Moscow, and just how likely their winning the war would have been. Very vividly written, at times, when describing the descending winter, it makes you shiver. [...]


    30. k, I did something that no graduatin senior in high school would ever do: I read this AFTER graduating from High School! :D but I'd have to say it was very good and the research was incredible! I actually learned some things that was NEVER taught in school or in textbooks. I finally learned the turning point of WWII, and also why Hitler and Stalin became who they were during the course through WWII. I wish the stuff written in here was taught in school but oh well. But yeah, I really liked it. w [...]


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