Stalingrad by Antony Beevor

Some books are just so well written that it makes reading them almost like watching a film.  You lose awareness that you have a book in your hand and you just picture what is going on in your head.   This is a book that is that well written.  But I think that this isn't just down to the skill of the author.  I imagine that to get the realistic feel that this book has it must have been necessary to spend many hours in research getting to know the subject matter intimately.  You don't think about that when you are reading it of course.  The effort it must have taken to produce no more crosses your mind when you are reading a good book than you think about the animination techniques in a well made film.

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