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About Antony Beevor
A regular in the 11th Hussars, Antony Beevor served in Germany and England. He has had a number of books published and his book Stalingrad was awarded the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson History Prize and the Hawthornden Prize. Among the many prestigious posts he holds, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of WWII. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, the Second World War.
In this searing narrative that takes us from Hitler's invasion of Poland on September 1st, 1939 to V-J day on August 14, 1945 and the war's aftermath, Beevor describes the conflict and its global reach -- one that included every major power. The result is a dramatic and breathtaking single-volume history that provides a remarkably intimate account of the war that, more than any other, still commands attention and an audience.
Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's grand and provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on this complex, tragic, and endlessly fascinating period in world history, and confirms once more that he is a military historian of the first rank.
On September 17, 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the groaning roar of airplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders, carrying the legendary American 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and the British 1st Airborne Division.
Operation Market Garden, the plan to end the war by capturing the bridges leading to the Lower Rhine and beyond, was a bold concept, but could it have ever worked? The cost of failure was horrendous, above all for the Dutch who risked everything to help. German reprisals were pitiless and cruel, and lasted until the end of the war.
Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, American, British, Polish, and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student called "The Last German Victory." Yet The Battle of Arnhem, written with Beevor's inimitable style and gripping narrative, is about much more than a single dramatic battle--it looks into the very heart of war.
The bestselling author of STALINGRAD and BERLIN: THE DOWNFALL on the Spanish Civil War, drawing on masses of newly discovered material from the Spanish, Russian and German archives.
The civil war that tore Spain apart between 1936 and 1939 and attracted liberals and socialists from across the world to support the cause against Franco was one of the most hard-fought and bitterest conflicts of the 20th century: a war of atrocities and political genocide and a military testing ground before WWII for the Russians, Italians and Germans, whose Condor Legion so notoriously destroyed Guernica.
Antony Beevor's account narrates the origins of the Civil War and its violent and dramatic course from the coup d'etat in July 1936 through the savage fighting of the next three years which ended in catastrophic defeat for the Republicans in 1939. And he succeeds especially well in unravelling the complex political and regional forces that played such an important part in the origins and history of the war.
Market Garden, le plan du maréchal Montgomery consistant à donner le coup de grâce à l’Allemagne nazie en capturant les ponts hollandais donnant accès à la Ruhr était audacieux. Mais avait-il la moindre chance de réussir ? Le prix à payer quand il s’avéra un échec fut effroyable, en particulier pour les Néerlandais qui avaient tout fait pour aider leurs libérateurs éphémères. Les représailles allemandes furent cruelles et sans pitié, et ce jusqu’à la fin de la guerre.
Quant à Arnhem et Nimègue, villes cartes-postales au coeur de l’Europe civilisée, elles se retrouvèrent, à l’arrêt des combats, dévastées et jonchées des cadavres d’innombrables jeunes soldats qui avaient payé de leur vie l’hubris de leur haut commandement.
En puisant dans une documentation prodigieuse et parfaitement maîtrisée composée pour beaucoup d’archives inexploitées hollandaises, britanniques, allemandes, américaines et polonaises, Antony Beevor nous fait vivre la terrible réalité d’une bataille dont le général Student lui-même prédit avec lucidité qu’elle donnerait à l’Allemagne sa « dernière victoire ».
Son récit implacable, qui alterne les gros plans et les vues d’ensemble, nous plonge au coeur même de la guerre, et rend hommage à des milliers de héros anonymes que l’Histoire a oubliés.
Acclaimed historian and best-selling author Antony Beevor vividly brings to life the epic struggles that took place in Second World War Crete - reissued with a new introduction.
'The best book we have got on Crete' Observer
The Germans expected their airborne attack on Crete in 1941 - a unique event in the history of warfare - to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. They had no idea that the British, using Ultra intercepts, knew their plans and had laid a carefully-planned trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war, but a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle round. Nor did the conflict end there. Ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance, aided by a dramatic cast of British officers from Special Operations Executive.
In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five-month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost; then, in an astonishing reversal, encircled and trapped their Nazi enemy. This battle for the ruins of a city cost more than a million lives. Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides, fighting in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has itnerviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including prisoner interrogations and reports of desertions and executions. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.
Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle.
The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Third Reich in January 1945. Frenzied by their terrible experiences with Wehrmacht and SS brutality, they wreaked havoc—tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rape, pillage, and unimaginable destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred; more than seven million fled westward from the fury of the Red Army. It was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known.
Antony Beevor, renowned author of D-Day and The Battle of Arnhem, has reconstructed the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin is a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.
Between 1917 and 1921 a devastating struggle took place in Russia following the collapse of the Tsarist empire. The doomed White alliance of moderate socialists and reactionary monarchists stood little chance against Trotsky’s Red Army and the single-minded Communist dictatorship under Lenin. In the savage civil war that followed, terror begat terror, which in turn led to ever greater cruelty with man’s inhumanity to man, woman and child. The struggle became a world war by proxy as Churchill deployed weaponry and troops from the British empire, while contingents from the United States, France, Italy, Japan, Poland, and Czechoslovakia played rival parts.
Using the most up to date scholarship and archival research, Antony Beevor assembles the complete picture in a gripping narrative that conveys the conflict through the eyes of everyone from the worker on the streets of Petrograd to the cavalry officer on the battlefield and the doctor in an improvised hospital.
In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor’s bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of how the difficult decision was made to launch the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.
The stakes could not have been higher: if Operation Overlord were to fail, it would be a crushing blow to the Allies, a huge loss of both men and equipment. The decision of when to launch rested with supreme commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it hinged on one factor: the weather. If there was too much cloud cover, the Allied bombers wouldn’t be able to provide air support, and if the seas were too rough, the landing craft would be swamped. It fell to one man to predict the weather: Dr. James Stagg, the head of the meteorological team at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.
This riveting selection from D-Day, praised by Time as “a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women,” tells the fascinating inside story of one of the most important decisions of World War II.
Ses carnets, par leur liberté de ton et leur préférence marquée pour la vérité profonde des hommes plutôt que pour les vérités officielles, différaient sensiblement de ses dépêches publiées dans L'Étoile rouge et auraient pu valoir de gros ennuis à Grossman s'ils avaient été découverts. Aujourd'hui, l'historien Antony Beevor les sauve de l'oubli en nous en proposant des morceaux choisis reliés entre eux par des indications précieuses sur le déroulement de la guerre, le contexte politique et le cheminement personnel de Grossman, ex-communiste désenchanté, juif athée, et avant tout écrivain, c'est-à-dire chroniqueur à la fois lucide et complice de la condition humaine à une époque qui ne voulait voir que des héros et des traîtres.
Stalingrad est le livre référence sur le sujet. Parfaitement documenté et enrichi des témoignages de nombreux survivants, il fait vivre au lecteur cette « mère de toutes les batailles » au plus près de l’action, du « Wolfschanze » de Hitler en Prusse-Orientale aux lignes de front, qui bougeaient sans arrêt et qu’on se disputait à la grenade, au lance-flammes et au corps à corps.
Stalingrad a été publié pour la première fois en français en 1999. Cette « édition des 20 ans » intègre nombre d’ajouts et de corrections apportés au texte par l’auteur au fil des années, ainsi qu’un avant-propos inédit, écrit spécialement pour la réédition française, fourmillant d’anecdotes et racontant notamment comment il put avoir accès à des archives russes inaccessibles avant la Perestroïka, et qui furent mises sous embargo par le Kremlin peu après la publication du livre.