[Item #4860] Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 with: Ephemera. Antony Beevor.
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 with: Ephemera
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 with: Ephemera
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 with: Ephemera
Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 with: Ephemera

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943 with: Ephemera

ISBN: 0670870951
New York, NY: Viking Penguin/ Penguin Putnam Inc., 1998. First American Edition. Hardcover. "On August 23, 1942, (Adolf) Hitler's 16th Panzer Division halted on the banks of the Volga (River). To their right, the city of Stalingrad blazed from the first of General (Baron W.) von Richthofen's air raids, which ultimately killed 40,000 civilians. Many German soldiers thought the war against Russia was won. But in Stalin's namesake city on the Volga, Hitler had chosen the wrong target. The battle of Stalingrad would be the most pitiless, and perhaps the most important, battle in history. When the fighting was over, the world would begin to believe for the first time that Hitler could be defeated." (from front flap) The epic story of the Battle of Stalingrad, in which the fearsome German army of Field Marshall Friedrich Paulus was defeated by the Soviet army, decisively turning the tide of World War II against the Third Reich, leading directly to its total ruin & defeat just over two years later. The Boschian plains of annihilation on both sides of the Volga River are brought to vivid life (& mostly death) in broad strokes & granular human detail by Antony Beevor, the prize-winning, acclaimed & prolific British historian (& a favorite of this writer, especially this work). With two sections of captioned historic photographs, appendices, source notes, bibliography & index. Hardcover in unclipped first-issue dust jacket (with $35 price & "0798" printed on front flap), "First American Edition" as stated on copyright page, published simultaneously or just following the first UK edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. We found & have retained, between blank front paste-down & endpaper, a very laudatory review of this volume by Richard Bernstein clipped from the New York Times issue of August 26, 1998 (Boston-printed edition), folded & in very fine condition with only light browning & mild edgewear. Bernstein concludes: "Stalingrad is, in short, a fantastic and sobering story, and it has been fully and authoritatively told in Mr. Beevor's book." From the collection of George V. Buehler (1933-2020), who was a prominent real estate developer & collector in Massachusetts & Arizona. We also have retained, between blank rear endpaper & paste-down, several printed-out documents relating to Buehler's investigations & purchasing of this item during 2012 & 2015, all folded & in very fine condition. The best & most collectible account of this key event in world history in one of its rarest original forms, with distinguished provenance & enriching ephemera. Book in very fine condition with just a touch of wear & rubbing to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; thin edge of rubbing to lower edge of text block nearest side edge; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only very slight rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at/ near edges & corners of same & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4860]

Price: $60.00

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