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Mar 13, 2007 | ISBN 9780307275332

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“A first-rate volume of war reporting that belongs with the best work of writers like Ernie Pyle, A. J. Liebling and John Hersey. . . . Convey[s] the taste, the smell and the sounds of the front lines.”—The New York Times Book Review“Overwhelmingly powerful. [Grossman’s] combination of passion and detail, of patriotic fervor and journalistic objectivity, makes A Writer at War one of the greatest documents of World War II.”—The New York Sun“Gripping…[has] the immediacy of eyewitness observation, but also the novelist’s sensitivity to the men and women whose lives and deaths he was recording.”—The Boston Globe “Excellent…Grossman, like Isaac Babel twenty years before him, lifts war correspondence to new heights.”—Literary Review

Table Of Contents

Translators’ Note


The Shock of Invasion 1941

1. Baptism of Fire August 1941
2. The Terrible Retreat August to September 1941
3. On the Bryansk Front September 1941
4. With the 50th Army September 1941
5. Back into the Ukraine September 1941
6. The German Capture of Orel October 1941
7. The Withdrawl before Moscow October 1941


The Year of Stalingrad 1942

8. In the South January 1942
9. The Air War in the South January 1942
10. On the Donets with the Black Division January and February 1942
11. With the Khasin Tank Brigade February 1942
12. ‘The Ruthless Truth of War’ March 1942 to July 1942
13. The Road to Stalingrad August 1942
14. The September Battles
15. The Stalingrad Academy Autumn 1942
16. The October Battles
17. The Tide Turned November 1942


Recovering the Occupied Territories 1943

18. After the Battle January 1943
19. Winning Back the Motherland The Early Spring of 1943
20. The Battle of Kursk July 1943


From the Dnepr to the Vistula 1944

21. The Killing Ground of Berdichev January 1944
22. Across the Ukraine to Odessa March & April 1944
23. Operation Bagration June & July 1944
24. Treblinka July 1944


Amid the Ruins of the Nazi World

25. Warsaw and Lódz January 1945
26. Into the Lair of the Fascist Beast January 1945
27. The Battle for Berlin April & May 1945

The Lies of Victory
Source Notes

Gomel and the Central Front, August 1941
In the Donbass, January to March 1942
Stalingrad, Autumn and Winter 1942
The Battle of Kursk, July 1943

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