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Battle of Stalingrad - 199 Days

Battle of Stalingrad - 199 Days



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Published by Daniel Saboia
Battle of Stalingrad
Battle of Stalingrad

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Published by: Daniel Saboia on Jul 08, 2011
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I owe an enormous debt to Robert Gleason, editor-in-chief of Tor Books. He gave methe idea for the Stalingrad book in the first place and helped with many suggestionsabout the finding of research materials and the management of the book. His editingwas perspicacious all the way through. He found a copy of Guy Sajer's
The Forgotten
, which is probably the best war narrative to come out of any army after theSecond World War.
The American writer Edwin P. Hoyt, who wrote this excellent book, lives and worksin Japan. God only knows why Russian history is better seen by an American scholarfrom the Land of the Rising Sun than from America; maybe because Stalingrad iscloser to Tokyo than to Washington.Whatever the reason, the manuscript lost nothing by being produced on Japanese turf and imported to the U.S.A. Unlike good wine, good manuscripts are not spoiled bytraveling across the sea.What's more, this kind of import will be dearly welcomed in America. And not onlyin America, it seems to me. Because the book is a serious research project, of such alarge caliber and long range that military terms are justified here, it will undoubtedlybecome a formidable contribution to the continuing, fifty-year-old battle waged bymilitary historians for the true role and place of Stalingrad in World War II.Alas, Stalingrad is even today an area of misunderstanding, cold war prejudices,stereotypes ("General Winter" defeated the Nazis, to name one), and plain ignorance.That's why Edwin Hoyt's honest book is so important.

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