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One signed, softcover copy of "Stalingrad" included in $50 ticket price

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege,1942-1943, by 2014 Pritzker Literature Award Winner Antony Beevor

A guest of honor at this year's annual Liberty Gala, acclaimed historian and author Antony Beevor will visit for a small-group discussion of one of his greatest works before officially accepting the 2014 Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

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An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Antony Beevor's Stalingrad has been hailed by historians as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle.

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 caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal. 

The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline.

"A superb re-telling. Beevor combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with the narrative techniques of a novelist ... This is a book that lets the reader look into the face of battle." — Orlando Figes, Sunday Telegraph

Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

*Book description courtesy Penguin Books and Amazon.