Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What is Andrew Nagorski reading?

The current featured contributor to Writers Read: Andrew Nagorski, a senior editor at Newsweek International and author of several books, including The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II.

One book mentioned in his entry:
Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales From the Secret Soviet Archives by Paul Gregory, based on the Hoover Institution’s extensive collection of documents from Soviet state and party archives. My Newsweek review is available online. What I particularly liked about Gregory’s compact book is that it provides a rich array of chilling stories about the inner workings of a monstrous system. [read on]
Nagorski's The Greatest Battle was named one of the Best Books of 2007 by the Washington Post.

Among the praise for The Greatest Battle:
"...a new and beautifully researched account of what had been been a poorly understood part of the war."
--Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books

“Nagorski is definitely a devotee, and his new book is a landmark in studies of Russia precisely because it skillfully unwraps myths, martyrs and demons.”
--Constantine Pleshakov, Washington Post Book World

“Enthralling history.”
--Ned Crabb, Wall Street Journal
Read an excerpt from The Greatest Battle, and learn more about the writer and his work at Andrew Nagorski's website.

Writers Read: Andrew Nagorski.

--Marshal Zeringue