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ISBN: 0553282670
Author: William Craig
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam (April 1, 1989)
Category: Military
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.7
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Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad is a book written by William Craig and published in 1973 by Reader's Digest Press and in 1974 by Penguin Publishing.

Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad is a book written by William Craig and published in 1973 by Reader's Digest Press and in 1974 by Penguin Publishing. The 2001 film Enemy at the Gates utilized the book's title and used it as one of its sources, but was not a direct adaptation of the work.

This book in fact covers the whole battle of Stalingrad from the German perspective. One would not be entirely correct if one thinks that the movie Enemy At The Gates was based on this book, even though the movie posters claims it to be so.

Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad. This book in fact covers the whole battle of Stalingrad from the German perspective. In my opinion, Stalingrad (1993) is a way better movie than the Hollywood one.

William Craig put a human face to the battle, something that other historians grossly ignore

William Craig put a human face to the battle, something that other historians grossly ignore. Moreover at the end of the book, Craig talk about those former soldiers whose stories appear in the book and what they were doing at the time Enemy at the Gates was completed (1973).

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William Craig ENEMY AT THE GATES The Battle for Stalingrad To my wife Eleanor whom I cherish Prologue When I was a child I discovered an exciting fantasy world in the pages of history books. At seven I marched to the walls of Jerusalem beside the Crusaders; at nine, I memorized Alfred Lord Tennyson’s glorious paean to the immortal men of the Light Brigade as they charged at Balaklava. Читать онлайн Enemy at the Gates.

The Battle for Stalingrad. When I was a child I discovered an exciting fantasy world in the pages of history books. There is the Stalingrad factory worker whose eyes narrow in hatred as he recalls enemy planes machine-gunning civilians on a crowded Volga pier; a former Soviet officer who speaks haltingly as he describes the terrible cries of his men after they had been ambushed and slaughtered in the fields west of Stalingrad; a Russian émigré in Haifa, Israel, who sobs his grief.

Two madmen are engaged in a battle that will cost untold number of lives. The result of this struggle, helped to bring about the downfall of NAZI Germany. The movie by the same name was a paragraph taken from the book!). Enemy at the Gates - William Craig.

Craig, William, 1929-. Zaitsev, V. G. (Vasilii Grigorevich), 1915-1993 or 4, Stalingrad, Battle of, Volgograd, Russia, 1942-1943. New York : Reader's Digest Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Enemy at the Gates (FR: L' Ennemi aux portes) is a 2001 war film written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and based on William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which describes the events surroun.

Enemy at the Gates (FR: L' Ennemi aux portes) is a 2001 war film written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and based on William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which describes the events surrounding the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942 and 1943. The screenplay was written by Annaud and Alain Godard.

Stalingrad, one of the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare, cost the lives of nearly two million men and women. It was perhaps the single most important engagement of World War II and signalled the beginning of the end of the Third Reich of Adolf Hitler. Based on 100s of interviews with survivors of the battle, this text presents the story of the bloody battle.

Comments:

Itiannta
To complicated of a event for a book
Prorahun
Enemy at the gates is a good book to read if you are a World War II scholar wishing to learn the full, in-depth extent of the battle of Stalingrad. To many others it will prove a challenging book to read. At times it is confusing and even the best reader's can only hope to drag themselves along the ragged plotline without any notes. Tieing in to the movie is not right - only about three pages of the book are even slightly similar to the movie. I was also disgusted to find that less than a half of the book was devoted to what I feel was the battle of Stalingrad, while the rest petered into the rather mundane account of the battle on the steppe both before and after the fact. I would only recommend this book to the worst of my enemies hoping that the drool from their bored eyeballs will damage the book and force them to pay for damages. Good day to you, you boring old scholar, William Craig. Logan 14
Trash Obsession
A great book on the Battle of Stalingrad. Finally, I am really glad to see this gem available in the kindle format. I am a history buff who has been reading books since I was a teenager. I specifically have an interest in Military History throughout ages.

Stalingrad was definitely the turning point in World War II. The Eastern Front was the war theatre where the outcome of World War II was decided. No doubt about this. As part of this mammoth struggle, arises Stalingrad as the bloodiest and biggest battle of world war II. It lasted for about 6 months and its tragic outcome was close to the 2 million casualties on both sides (about 750 thousand soviets and 840 thousand axis where circa 400 thousand were Germans).

Probably the title of this book sounds familiar to you and this is because the Holywood movie directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud with good actors like Judd Law, Ralph Fiennes and Ed Harris. Let me tell you, the whole movie is based in less than 10 pages of William Craig's book! you can imagine that Craig’s Enemy at The gates is much more than that.

This great American novelist and historian (Craig was a graduate from Columbia University) spent 5 years of his life traveling three continents interviewing survivors of this horrendous battle (Italians, Germans, Russian, Israelis) given that in the German offensive many soldiers of different nationalities were serving with the German Wermarcht and its allies (Germans, Austrians, Croats, Romanians, Italians, and Hungarians). William Craig put a human face to the battle, something that other historians grossly ignore. Moreover at the end of the book, Craig talk about those former soldiers whose stories appear in the book and what they were doing at the time Enemy at the Gates was completed (1973). World War 2 was still fresh in the minds of those who were interviewed as actors in that drama.

Let me add at the end that I have been reading about Stalingrad for decades, I had read the best that has been published on the topic and I can assure you that William Craig’s Enemy at The gates is among the Best! I have 2 copies of this book bought used in e-Bay (hardcover) and one paperback bought in England (Penguin books). Now I have the kindle edition and I am again reading it. Anthony Beevor’s Stalingrad is a great book. It would be a very hard decision to decide which book describes better the battle with all its drama and ferocity. I would give my vote for Enemy at the Gates (by a narrow margin indeed).
Ffrlel
This is the first book I've read on the battle for Stalingrad proper. It's great reading, and I could hardly put it down. As they say, Craig knew how to spin a good yarn. True, he had excellent material to write a great story, but it's one of his merits that he collected much of this material himself, through interviews with many participants of the battle.

That said, some flaws of the book bothered me even while I was enjoying the narrative:

1) Craig often adds the "von" particle to the name of the German commander Friedrich Paulus. This mistake is more serious than it seems, as it may give the reader the impression that Paulus was of noble origin and, therefore, in all likelihood, the heir to a long family tradition of military service. This is not the case: Paulus was of relatively humble origins, and this may arguably be an important element to understand the man and his behavior both during the battle and in the years that followed.

2) I was surprised to read about the "Kazakh" villagers at the Don that had expelled their Russian liberators and were all murdered in retaliation. One reviewer clarified that it was actually a Cossack village, which makes more sense. Again, an apparently minor mistake may lead to very wrong conclusions which affect our whole view of the war in Russia. Cossacks were opposed to the Bolshevik regime from the start, and suffered a lot under Soviet rule.

3) To some extent, Craig fails to convey to the reader the moral dimension of the battle. Sometimes, it seems we are reading the account of a duel between two opponents with an equally valid claim to the stakes. Craig does tell some harrowing stories, most notably that of a baby torn apart by two German soldiers just for the fun of it. He also tells episodes of cruelty by the Red Army (and the NKVD). However, one of the main aspects of this war that made it different from all other wars was the SYSTEMATIC perpetration of atrocities - in an unprecedented scale - in the wake of Wehrmacht victories everywhere. By failing to present this context (or, perhaps, by assuming readers have it in mind), Craig makes it difficult for us to understand the harsh treatment Russians dispensed on German prisoners after victory, and makes it look like sheer, gratuitous cruelty. Without condoning the Russian attitude, Craig could have told us more about the reasons that led to it. Among these, the horrendous treatment of Soviet POWs, over one million of which died under captivity in the winter of 1941-42. Not surprisingly, a common motto in Russia at the time was "Comrade, kill your German."

4) As a consequence of the above - and this, paradoxically, is also a tribute to Craig's narrative skills - the reader could easily catch himself rooting for the Germans, especially in the second part of the book, which focuses on the plight of the Sixth Army under encirclement. One reader mentioned that Germans in the book are usually much more lifelike than Russians. I had the same impression. I think I'm much more familiar with Paulus and other German commanders and soldiers than with many Russians that are mentioned but that we never really get to know in depth. In fairness, let us admit it must have been much easier for Craig, in the late 1960's and early 1970's, to interview German veterans in West Germany than Soviet ones in Brezhnev's USSR (some of these accounts were obtained in Israel and elsewhere). And he certainly had much easier access to German documents and letters than to Russian ones.

Why, then, four stars? Because, as I said above, the book is a great read. Also, Craig's account of the battle seems to be fairly accurate, within the limitations of the time when it was written, and in spite of the slant toward the German side. (This must not be confused with sympathy for the Nazis. Craig has none.) I thought I learned a lot in the chapters describing Stalin and Hitler making decisions on the conduct of the battle. One can easily understand why so many German officers and soldiers became disillusioned with the Führer after Stalingrad. No wonder so many high ranking veterans of the Russian campaign eventually got involved in the "officer's plot" to murder Hitler on July 20, 1944. A little episode Craig tells makes a lot of sense to the reader at this point. In the last weeks of the battle, a group of German soldiers were listening to a radio broadcast from Germany. They were weeping at the sound of the national anthem, "Deutschland über alles" (music by Haydn, remember). But then, when the "Horst Wessel Lied" (song of the Nazi Party) followed, someone smashed the radio to pieces. No one protested.

As the example shows, Craig has an eye for the telling detail, and many of the episodes in the book really move you, make you think and give you a most revelatory picture of the mind of men (and women) in extreme circumstances. The description of cannibalism among Italian prisoners of war, the sense of duty of the German doctor (who would pay dearly for his decision to return to his men in the battlefield even though he had a chance to stay away), the feelings of comradeship, the Russian nurse who lost all her limbs: these are some of the episodes I think I will not forget. As I will never forget the story of Mikhail Goldstein's violin playing on New Year's eve. I won't spoil your pleasure here, but this very moving episode alone was, for me, worth the price of the book many times over!

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