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The gripping tale of the campaign that determined the outcome of the Second World War

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Jonathan Dimbleby's previous books include the highly acclaimed Second World War histories The Battle of the Atlantic and Destiny in the Desert- The Road to El Alamein, which was shortlisted for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize and was followed by his BBC2 programme Churchill's Desert War. His other books include, Russia- A Journey to the Heart of a Land and Its People, Richard Dimbleby- A Biography, The Palestinians, The Prince of Wales- A Biography and The Last Governor- Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong.


The best single-volume account of the Barbarossa campaign to date -- Andrew Roberts, author of 'Churchill: Walking with Destiny'
It's a vital story, one everyone should know, and Dimbleby tells it with verve and elan -- Laurence Rees, author of 'Hitler and Stalin'
Should be on everyone's reading list for 2021 -- Dr Amanda Foreman, author of 'A World on Fire'
Masterly -- General Sir Mike Jackson
Vivid and engrossing -- Brendan Simms, author of 'Hitler: Only The World Was Enough'
An impressive achievement . . . a fast-paced, gripping read -- Julia Boyd, author of 'Travellers in the Third Reich'
A great read . . . he brings Barbarossa very vividly to life, as if you are there -- Robert Kershaw, author of 'War Without Garlands: Operation Barbarossa 1941-1942' and 'Borodino Field 1812/1941'
Thought-provoking . . . a captivating eye-opener -- Prof Dr Gerhard Hirschfeld, University of Stuttgart, former President of the International Committee for the Study of the Second World War
Superbly well-written . . . the most comprehensive study of Hitler's invasion of the USSR in years -- Keith Lowe, author of 'Savage Continent'
Expertly narrated and written with piercing clarity -- Frederick Taylor, author of '1939: A People's History'
A chilling account of war at its worst -- Bear Grylls
Superb . . . stays with you long after you have finished -- Henry Hemming, bestselling author of 'Our Man in New York'
Brilliant . . . a wonderful piece of history -- Robert Fox
Epic . . . captures all of Barbarossa's drama and magnitude -- Martin Sixsmith
Brings to life the sheer, staggering scale of these events... with great skill, care and attention to detail * Sunday Times *
[An] encyclopedic new account... a vivid, meticulous tapestry, densely weaving the threads of German and Soviet military strategy, political calculation from Washington and London to Moscow, and war's pitiless human cost * The Telegraph *
[Dimbleby] skilfully tracks the shifts and turns of the campaign, sparing no detail . . . a riveting account * Daily Mail, Book of the Week *
Dimbleby tells the story of strategic miscalculation and (self-)deception on all sides, and then Hitler's 'war of extermination', magnificently * The Spectator *
Amazing . . . fascinating
My best history book of 2021 -- a masterful account of maybe the biggest event ever . . . essential! -- Lee Child

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