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Leningrad: State Of Siege

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  194 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When the German High Command encircled Leningrad it was a deliberate policy to eradicate the city's civilian population by starving them to death. As winter set in and food supplies dwindled, starvation and panic set inA specialist in battle psychology and the vital role of morale in desperate circumstances, Michael Jones tells the human story of Leningrad. Drawing on newl ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by John Murray Publishers (first published January 1st 2008)
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Justin
Jones has done a large amount of research to write about the suffering of Leningrad's population during World War II. The Soviets after the war tried to repress the tale because of how grim the situation was in Leningrad. The book does a great job explaining how the tactics by both sides that led to siege of Leningrad. The first three chapters explain the war and then Jones starts telling the stories of those trapped in Leningrad.

The book seemed to get bogged down in the middle by the sheer num
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'Aussie Rick'
This is a decent book covering the World War Two siege of Leningrad. The book is full of first-hand accounts from those caught in the city and besieged by the German Army who had adopted a deliberate policy of starving the city to death. It’s not an in-depth military history, for that you will have to look elsewhere (David Glantz and Harrison Salisbury).

Most of the accounts are from Russian civilians caught up in this terrible siege and generally cover the slow starvation of the city and its af
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Iceman
Iniciei o ano de 2013 a ler sobre a 2ª Guerra Mundial e acabo o ano a ler sobre um dos piores e mais terríveis episódios deste conflito: O cerco de Leninegrado.

Aquando da leitura da obra de Martin Gilbert, um dado sobressaiu: de todos os países envolvidos no conflito, a União Soviética foi aquele que mais perdas humanas teves. Entre civis e militares calcula-se que morreram vinte milhões de pessoas!

Nesta presente obra, esta evidência ressalta com toda a força e percebemos também a causa de tanto
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Lyn
Leningrad: A State of Siege by Michael Jones is an endearing history about the almost superhuman endurance of the people of Leningrad during the Nazi siege that lasted over two years. Told with a historian’s candor and eye for detail but without the stuffiness and encyclopedia like statistical dreariness that bogs down other scholarly histories, especially military history. What stands out is the precarious spot in which the Leningraders found themselves: between the Scylla of the cruel, mercile ...more
Adrian
A decent account of the siege of Leningrad but with many grammatical errors in the kindle version.
If you are wanting to read this fascinating read about a very important date in history than I would highly recommend either the paperback or hardback version.

P.s This book would have got 4stars if it was not for the grammatical errors.
Jeff


"Leningrad, State of Siege", Michael Jones. 2008. Almost every major city across America has constructed a museum or monument dedicated to the Holocaust. Indisputably the Jews suffered immensely during the second world war, but it was the slavic peoples who suffered the greatest, and who also probably fought the most desperately. The death toll in the Soviet Union alone reached nearly twenty four million. Venice of the North, beautiful St. Petersburg, one of the most culturally rich cities in al
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Adam
I'm rounding up from 3.5 stars.

In both structure and prose, Jones takes many a literary license (e.g., "Preparations were carried out with Teutonic thoroughness") that push this book from academic well into popular history. This makes the narrative arc predictable and at times encourages the read to skim rapidly to to avoid the cloying sweetness of cliche (if I may mimic the author for a moment).

But... and it's a big but... Jones' style has the advantage of accentuating the myriad small disaste
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Erhard
The 1941-44 Nazi siege of Leningrad was even more awful than I had thought. Nearly one million people died, mostly of starvation in the first winter, when the food ration was 125 grams (about 2 slices) of bread a day, and even that was adulterated or unavailable! Between Nazi cruelty and Soviet callousness and mismanagement, the Leningraders suffered unnecessarily for many months. There were many examples of self-sacrifice and heroism too. The US lost 1/2 million soldiers in WW II; a little more ...more
Jpp
Great book about the daily life, suffering and heroism of the Leningrad inhabitants during the 900 days siege. If a global view of the battle is probably missing in his book, Jones has found amazing details and stories. Leningrad siege was finally a victory, a military one due to the courage and determination of General Govorov, but also a human one in a citywhere one million civilians were going to die of bombing and starvation. The fabulous Symphony plaid on august 9, 1942 by Karl Eliasberg an ...more
Olethros
-Sobre la Ciudad Heroica y más sobre las experiencias de los implicados que puramente bélica.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Relato de los acontecimientos que rodearon los 872 días de asedio de la ciudad de Leningrado durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial, desde septiembre de 1941 cuando el Grupo de Ejércitos Norte cierra el cerco y se aplica la estrategia de evitar asaltos o rendiciones con la intención de resolver el asunto condenando a los residentes a morir de hambre, pasando por la ruptura
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Mary
This book far outlived my expectations. The author did an excellent job of bringing the individuals of the Leningrad siege and the hardships they experienced to life, as well as the atrocities committed by the leaders on both sides. I found it especially interesting that, even given how much history I read, I had never seen a book on this subject before now. Definitely a unique and rarely explored area of history.
Eleanor Black
I picked this up from a charity shop and dived straight into it one Saturday afternoon. I knew a little about the Siege of Leningrad, but this is a really harrowing book. There were parts where I was genuinely in tears. I'm yet to read another book on this subject specifically, but I get the impression this would be the authority to be referenced against. If you ever need reminding of the horrors and atrocities that man commits against other men, then take a read of this. As a mederate positive, ...more
Jeanette
It seems hard to believe, but this book makes the Siege of Leningrad and the stories of the victims and survivors dull. While the prose is largely workmanlike (although there are a few howlers, like describing someone under threat as being "surrounded by prey"), the prose does not draw one in. Neither the personal stories of the survivors and the diaries of the death, nor the overall description of the battle are ever more than flat. The story told is a great story, but this book is not the stor ...more
Bob
An excellent and disturbing book about the siege of Leningrad. It provides first hand accounts of the siege by residents of Leningrad who lived through it. It also describes how the Communist leaders in Leningrad diverted food supplies to themselves while the population starved. It also discusses the German strategy of starving the city and causing epidemics by shelling and bombing water, sanitation facilities and utilities so the city would collapse and the army would not have to fight in the c ...more
Geoff Smith
A fine treatment of the second holocaust of WW II. I'm sure there are more in-depth studies available, but this book provides a good overview--focussing on the time from the start of the siege through the most desperate period of the crisis in the winter of '42. Jones shows how Stalin's purge of the Red Army's best officers and the utter incompetence of Leningrad's leaders made an awful situation even worse. If you are unfamiliar with this chapter of the eastern war, this is probably a fine intr ...more
Monte
Jones charts the journey through moral and physical nightmare via the recollections of some who clung doggedly to life and from the diaries of many who did not see the end of the torment. It is a powerful narrative, evoking images of a descent into chaos few who had not experienced it could possibly imagine….Jones's gripping account is a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in circumstances where it might easily have been overwhelmed, not by German firepower, but by sheer horror.
Chris Reznor
A hauntingly epic account of human tragedy. A tale about the lows and highs the inhabitants of a proud city are capable of reaching. Anyone who believes that blockades or sanctions are a good method of limiting human casualties and suffering ought to read this book. A truly chilling example of the term 'Pyrrhic Victory'.
Tara
Jul 17, 2014 Tara marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Very readable, with plenty of interesting information about the siege. I wasn't able to finish it yet because I can only bear to read about horrific things that happened in small bits, with liberal helpings of fluffy reading on the side.
Kevin Kizer
Incredible book on the siege of Leningrad, with diary excerpts and sketches by those who lived through it. The Russians suffered beyond comprehension and their government was incompetent.
Tina
Jun 24, 2009 Tina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone who like "dark" historical pieces
DH was right...this was dark. Such horror I can not imagine living through.

I did feel the writing itself was not very gripping, but the story overcame any deficiencies.
Stuart Lutzenhiser
Grim. Could have been more detailed. The detail on what led up to the siege was good. But once winter 1941 started, the detail fizzled out and all that was left were anecdotes.
Andrew
A harrowing read, grim in the extreme. A badly organized but very important document regarding new evidence, long suppressed by the Soviets, of the savagery of the siege.
Lauren
Amazing that this evidence has finally come to light. A must read for anyone interested in WWII or triumphs of the human spirit.
Alex Taylor
amazing never heard of the situation in that city during the war..couldn't put it down
☯Bettie☯
Apr 03, 2014 ☯Bettie☯ marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Adrian
to look into further
Kelley
8 days off from work...too many books and too little time.
Joelle
Bought this for my Dad after visiting Moscow & St P. :)
Tim Barlow
Excellent description of horrendous battle.
Martinxo
Harrowing account of the siege of Leningrad.
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