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About the Author: Harrison E. Salisbury

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  1. Thomas says:

    I read this book before going to Russia, on a river cruise, Moscow to St Petersburg My experience there A word about safety Irina warned us about pickpockets at the Kremlin Moscow, SPB and some Baltic cities have pedestrian tunnels at some intersections You have to use these tunnels to cross the street On the last day in SPB, I asked a guide, Marina,, on how to get to a sign on Nevski Prospekt from the WWII blockade of Leningrad Mentioned in 900 Days The Siege Of Leningrad by Harri I read this book before going to Russia, on a river cruise, Moscow to St Petersburg My experience there A word about safety Irina warned us about pickpockets at the Kremlin Moscow, SPB and some Baltic cities have pedestrian tunnels at some intersections You have to use these tunnels to cross the street On the last day in SPB, I asked a guide, Marina,, on how to get to a sign on Nevski Prospekt from the WWII blockade of Leningrad Mentioned in 900 Days The Siege Of Leningrad by Harrison Salisbury This sign Citizens In case of artillery shelling, this side of the street isdangerous Marina said to take a bus 3 stops and walk a ways The bus that I got on went 1 stop and turned left I walked the rest of about 12 blocks, took a picture of the sign and walked back, In the second of 2 tunnels, a man stopped in front of me I attempted to go around him, and a 2nd man blocked my way In the meantime a 3rd man came behind me and started to take my fanny pack pick my pockets I grabbed my pockets and fanny pack, They gave up and went away There were a lot of people on the steps out of the tunnel and they didn t want witnesses I was very fortunate not to be hurt

  2. Brian says:

    In a global event of such horrific superlatives as WWII it is almost criminal that the Siege of Leningrad isn t discussedfrequently, or at least recognizedreadily for the terror it was And it isn t just a matter of reciting statistics to put someone in a place of awe although those numbers speak loudly, for sure Certainly a large part of the blame can be placed on the former Soviet Union and their insistence of altering facts to support whatever their current propaganda machine n In a global event of such horrific superlatives as WWII it is almost criminal that the Siege of Leningrad isn t discussedfrequently, or at least recognizedreadily for the terror it was And it isn t just a matter of reciting statistics to put someone in a place of awe although those numbers speak loudly, for sure Certainly a large part of the blame can be placed on the former Soviet Union and their insistence of altering facts to support whatever their current propaganda machine needed but I think there might also be ahuman element at work that requires constant vigilance the need for forgetting History owes a great debt to Harrison Salisbury for this near perfect work of non fiction Arriving just days after the Leningrad blockade was lifted on January 27, 1944, Salisbury put to work his rich journalism background to interview dozens and dozens of siege survivors, Soviet party leaders and soldiers The author allows the horror of survival, especially the winter of 1941 42, to exist in this work between the quotation marks of his interviewees The Cold, the Hunger were as much villains as the German army that surrounded Leningrad It took me so long to finish this book because there were chapters that haunted my sleep Here s a sampling young Tanya Savicheva keeps a diary during the first winter of the siege, and as her family members die one by one she notes their passing in a full page entry Death by starvation takes seven family members until only Tanya is left alone and found by chance in an apartment filled with frozen corpses, barely alive Her diary is one of the exhibits in the Leningrad Siege Museum in St Petersburg So how does one approach experiencing an event like this via the written word As I read Salisbury s text a good half the book covers that first winter and the struggle for the City to survive I constantly felt unable to cope with the scale and terror A million dead citizens I live in a city of roughly 750,000 souls To imagine everyone dead, with another quarter of a million left to go, isn t possible How about a couple of communal graves with 200,000 bodies Or imagine Lake Michigan as a mass grave when the corpses piled up in the winter, and people were too weak to bury them, they were thrown onto the iced over Lake Lagoda for the birds and animals to eat, ultimately to sink in the spring s thaw The crippling ineptitude of Stalin lead Soviet leadership made me thankful for my country s flawed disaster response programs I have a special connection with San Francisco I wasn t born here, but I m attached to this City in a meaningful way but would I be prepared to die for it Hundreds of thousands of Russians paid with their lives in their devotion to Piter Here s a picture of hundreds of starving citizens attempting to clean up their city by clearing debris and corpses as the Russian winter of 1942 comes to a close In October of this year my wife and I traveled to Russia our first visit to this beautiful country I wanted to read a book of fiction and non fiction with St Petersburg as the setting The 900 Days was my non fiction choice When we arrived in the City my wife signed us up for a dinner on EatWith a fantastic business that I cannot recommend highly enough we had an opportunity to eat at a St Petersburg chef s home withcomplete strangers There were eight of us including the chef at dinner, all of our new friends spoke English and they were as excited to talk to us about America as we were to ask them questions about Russia Midway through the dinner I mentioned I was reading a book about the Siege of Leningrad I was very sensitive to the fact that this topic had the potential of eliciting strong emotions especially amongst multi generational Petersburgians whose parents grandparents suffered during those 900 days What happened exceeded my wildest imagination of where the topic would potentially lead Our friends were absolutely ecstatic that I was interested in the Siege One of them is a software developer and he created a free iPhone app for Russians that uses your GPS location within St Petersburg and tells you where key events on days during the Siege took place he showed it to me and it wasn t the first time I wish I could read Russian it looked amazing They told us that they were so sad that the current generation is quickly forgetting what happened less than 100 years ago to their grandparents generation I d like to think I made a big leap forward in American Russian citizen relations Heck, they even poured me a special glass of vodka for a toast Other than Rising Up and Rising Down, this book comes with my highest recommendation of all the non fiction I ve read in 2014 It s ok to cry when you read it Those that are alive today in St Petersburg would thank you Taken just outside of St Petersburg on a cool October morning

  3. LeAnne: GeezerMom says:

    Fascinating, dark details of the siege Factual accounts of dogs turned into living anti tank bombs, people eating cups of molasses saturated dirt or chewing the glued bindings on books, cannibalism, andwe American civilians know nothing of war A book of horrors.While we readers have had ample access to stories about the holocaust and what befell Jewish citizens, Romas, and political prisoners, until I read a wonderful work of fiction called City of Thieves many years ago you should re Fascinating, dark details of the siege Factual accounts of dogs turned into living anti tank bombs, people eating cups of molasses saturated dirt or chewing the glued bindings on books, cannibalism, andwe American civilians know nothing of war A book of horrors.While we readers have had ample access to stories about the holocaust and what befell Jewish citizens, Romas, and political prisoners, until I read a wonderful work of fiction called City of Thieves many years ago you should recognize the author if you watch Game of Thrones , I had zero understanding of the nightmare of this siege.Surrounded on all sides by Nazi forces, Hitler s aim to starve the one and a half million Russians to death came pretty close to meeting its goal The reason most of us know nothing of this lock down into starvation and death is that the Soviet government erased heart ache and insult and failure Like a predecessor to the attitudes in North Korea, denying the occurrence of famine was the route taken by Lenin and others A million dead women and little kids and grandparents, their frozen corpses stacked on the ice until it thawed and they sunk, were collectively disappeared from official accounts.The author, a newspaperman, arrived on scene when the war ended and later served as the Moscow correspondent for the Times He was not a novelist but one who documented current events, and had he not been there to collect secret stories from survivors, this transcript of yet another of World War II s atrocities would not exist The Soviets hid failure, would not admit to any hardships but while the USA, great chronicler of WWII lost 400,000 lives, these people lost 27 MILLION.If you think you ve got a handle on war history and have not read this, you re fooling yourself Shocking and important

  4. Michael Rubin says:

    I read this book while on a trip with some college buddies in California I had to read this book over the trip for school In the sunny summer of the west coast, on the streets of santa cruz and san francisco I sat in the back seat of a car, crushed by luggage and read this book It blew my mind I understand the horrors the Americans and the French and the Jews withstood in WWII But the siege was a whole new chapter of the war I was unaware of I don t think most Americans are aware of the ev I read this book while on a trip with some college buddies in California I had to read this book over the trip for school In the sunny summer of the west coast, on the streets of santa cruz and san francisco I sat in the back seat of a car, crushed by luggage and read this book It blew my mind I understand the horrors the Americans and the French and the Jews withstood in WWII But the siege was a whole new chapter of the war I was unaware of I don t think most Americans are aware of the events that transpired in those 900 days No horror movie will ever come close People do not imagine these experiences They live them Or they don t get a chance to live through them This book changed my view of Soviet American politics These 900 days had, in my opinion a profound effect on Russian and Soviet policy for decades to come The book holds so many details, and lessons, and experiences on a type of war that will never make it to the movie screen It s a lesson and a testament that should never be forgotten

  5. Mikey B. says:

    An intense examination of the siege of Leningrad now St Petersburg in 1941 42 Most of the book is concerned with the German invasion in June 1941 and takes us to the disastrous winter of 1941 42 when possibly over 600,000 Leningraders died of deliberate starvation from the German siege The city understandably was in such disarray during this time that we will never know the exact number of deaths and how many died of residual effects after, will also never be known During and after the s An intense examination of the siege of Leningrad now St Petersburg in 1941 42 Most of the book is concerned with the German invasion in June 1941 and takes us to the disastrous winter of 1941 42 when possibly over 600,000 Leningraders died of deliberate starvation from the German siege The city understandably was in such disarray during this time that we will never know the exact number of deaths and how many died of residual effects after, will also never be known During and after the spring and summer of 1942 manyresidents were evacuated and sadly rations could be increased because there were simply far fewer people to feed as so many had perished.Mr Salisbury is at his best when describing the terrible events of the German siege the constant bombardment, the total collapse of infrastructure no water or heating, public transportation became non existent people were just too weak from starvation to carry on normal activities most were barely living It makes for very despairing reading, but we must never forget the cruelty that Nazism brought to the people of the Soviet Union and the titanic struggle they waged to fight off the Nazi aggression.It would be nice to say that this book is eloquently written to capture this crucial period of history, but unfortunately the writing left much to be desired, as if an editor did not do the job properly Most chapters have a surfeit of people introduced at least 20 to 30 with little continuity from one to the other some disappear entirely or may spring up again 100 or 200 pages afterwards for another short paragraph The military history can be rather dry with the constant citing of division numbers The chronology is confusing and goes back and forth in time the taking of Mga by the Germans is mentioned on three different occasions Statistics are over used and add to the staleness In a military or civilian operation the numbers are even broken down from the total by giving a sub total of the number of Communist members taking part what is the point of this There is an overwhelming tendency when speaking of the civilian population of Leningrad to mention writers, musicians and the theatres they attended as if everyone in Leningrad was a creative artist The author remarks on page 536 of my book that in the springtime, after the long winter starvation, that in the Writers House meals were once again served in the dining room by waitresses in neat uniforms I am sure that the vast majority of survivors had no such treatment.The last half of the book is far better and Mr Salisbury acknowledges the sordidness of the Soviet system Books were written on the siege, but never published or highly censored A documentary film has never seen the light of day Due to Soviet suppression many first hand accounts of this painful period have disappeared forever.As the author states there has never, in the long history of human afflictions, been a siege as vicious and deliberate as this one therein lies the importance of this book

  6. Evan says:

    This is one of my favorite nonfiction books, an overwhelming, endlessly fascinating account of an epochal, monumental event of World War II, including the preliminary actions of Hitler and Stalin and the initial invasions of eastern Europe that led to the siege If you ever find yourself complaining about your lot in life, you really need to read this book to get some inkling of that it feels like to have REAL problems stranded in a huge, arctic cold city with millions of walking dead starving This is one of my favorite nonfiction books, an overwhelming, endlessly fascinating account of an epochal, monumental event of World War II, including the preliminary actions of Hitler and Stalin and the initial invasions of eastern Europe that led to the siege If you ever find yourself complaining about your lot in life, you really need to read this book to get some inkling of that it feels like to have REAL problems stranded in a huge, arctic cold city with millions of walking dead starving to death with you and wondering when the next bomb or shell will hit.Salisbury knows how to weave a complex, multi focused story that reads like a rattling good novel, with a large cast of characters and centers of interest A truly great book

  7. Christie says:

    This is my 2nd read on the Eastern front but my first on Leningrad While the book was quite lengthy, there was a lot to be told about the days leading up to the siege and the 900 days that followed It was very heartbreaking to read in many places as the conditions that the residents of Leningrad endured during that time were horrendous Overall, a very thorough account of the generals who led the charge to finally break the blockade and the challenges they faced with the political infighting a This is my 2nd read on the Eastern front but my first on Leningrad While the book was quite lengthy, there was a lot to be told about the days leading up to the siege and the 900 days that followed It was very heartbreaking to read in many places as the conditions that the residents of Leningrad endured during that time were horrendous Overall, a very thorough account of the generals who led the charge to finally break the blockade and the challenges they faced with the political infighting and whims of Stalin It was interesting to read about the great artists and musicians that stayed together in the city that they loved even though there were offers for safe passage out Incredible to learn that this is the time that Shastakovich wrote his 7th Symphony This one passage in the book moved me the most From chapter 35 of 900 Days, The Siege of Leningrad Anna Akhmatova waits outside for hours in the prison lines as she had for the past seventeen months She waits for word of her son s fate in prison, meanwhile bringing him food and packages A woman in line with her recognizes her as the famous poet and asks her with lips blue from cold or fear, And this can you write about it Yes, Anna Akhmatova replied, I can The woman smiled a strange and secret smile.Anna Akhmatova did, finally, write about those days Would you like to see yourself now, you girl so full of laughter The favorite of her friends,The gay sinner of Tsarskoye Selo Would you like to see what happened to your life At the end of a queue of three hundred,You stand outside Kresty Prison,And your hot tears are burning holes in the New Year s ice.By this time her son had been cast into exile, there to remain until Stalin s death in 1953.This poem moved me so much I literally felt the anguish and despair Anna Akmatova must have felt as she could do nothan wait in the cold and bring her son food and packages but couldn t bring him the freedom she so wished for him

  8. Wanda says:

    I was much looking forward to reading this, as I was not particularly knowledgeable about the plight of the Leningraders except to know that they suffered terribly, as did millions of others at Stalin s hands Reading this certainly added onepiece of evidence to my already hefty collection, that the man was a beast Often when I read about him and Hitler, I yearn for an afterlife in which they are punished in perpetuity for their acts of cruelty.But, on to the book This book is not real I was much looking forward to reading this, as I was not particularly knowledgeable about the plight of the Leningraders except to know that they suffered terribly, as did millions of others at Stalin s hands Reading this certainly added onepiece of evidence to my already hefty collection, that the man was a beast Often when I read about him and Hitler, I yearn for an afterlife in which they are punished in perpetuity for their acts of cruelty.But, on to the book This book is not really a classic history despite being called a history Salisbury was a NY Times journalist, and he writes like a journalist While the theme itself is amazing, with the two major totalitarian powers of WW II coming to a standoff over the fate of the most beautiful city in Russia, this readslike a series of reports, or vignettes or scenes He is passionate in his gruesome and disturbing descriptions of the misery, deprivation and starvation among the ever dwindling Leningrad residents These very human scenes are among the best written in the book.What is lacking in this book are the military elements of the siege, the geography, the combat and there is almost no discussion of battle strategy or tactics It seems to me that it would have been important to discuss the German s siege policy and procedure, so that readers could understand why the Russians had such a hard time lifting it.He does explain that Stalinist era Soviet incompetence, mendacity, and villainy exacerbated or even caused much of the Leningraders suffering, but there is a lack of detail as to how this incompetence played out For example, what kind of bureaucratic bungling or worse prevented an efficient and effective distribution of basic supplies to the Leningraders He tells us that basic supplies dwindled, but not really the reasons for the why It is simply not enough in what is the definitive study of this time to say that it was incompetence We also learn very little about the political and social structure of Leningrad He communicates the political tensions among the ambitious political elites of the USSR, but his treatment is superficial.His characters are flat, and they tend to be clustered among the poets, playwrights and writers I would have liked a broader view of the population of Leningrad So, why did I give this 5 stars I gave it 5 stars because it remains the definitive work on this subject and as a document of the dogged resilience of the human spirit, it is extraordinary Moreover, despite its flaws, Salisbury actually managed to document these extraordinary times and speak with those who lived through them This is no small feat with the history of a country that continually re invents their history

  9. Jeff Dawson says:

    Excellent ReadDespite reading this over twenty years ago, it left a lasting impression how desperate the plight of Lenigraders was during the titanic struggle Imagine being completely cut off six months of the year from your country The only life line is lake Ladoga when it freezes over Yet even then, thin ice, constant shelling and mechanical failures imped the arrival of the few sparse supplies coming into to the city.Imagine funeral pyres being the norm Men and women bathing naked in the Excellent ReadDespite reading this over twenty years ago, it left a lasting impression how desperate the plight of Lenigraders was during the titanic struggle Imagine being completely cut off six months of the year from your country The only life line is lake Ladoga when it freezes over Yet even then, thin ice, constant shelling and mechanical failures imped the arrival of the few sparse supplies coming into to the city.Imagine funeral pyres being the norm Men and women bathing naked in the cities fountains, ignoring their nakedness or sexual desires Local merchants falling back on the human basic function survival Cannibalism ran through the streets as a plague Rummaging around the bombed our warehouses hoping to find a scrap of meat, a rat or re boil pulverized sugar.No heat No electricity No phones No help The only constant for 900 days death This is a gripping account of a people who refused to surrender, to the elements, the situation or the enemy Excellent read

  10. John says:

    Excellent read I went to this book after reading a footnote in one of my history books Any friend you know that may have family in Russia will be able to add to this historical narrative about what Salisbury confirms that quoting the official historical record In world history there are no examples which in their tragedy equal the terrors of starving Leningrad Each day. was the equal of many months of ordinary life Those who maintain that suffering undeserved and unexplained must show t Excellent read I went to this book after reading a footnote in one of my history books Any friend you know that may have family in Russia will be able to add to this historical narrative about what Salisbury confirms that quoting the official historical record In world history there are no examples which in their tragedy equal the terrors of starving Leningrad Each day. was the equal of many months of ordinary life Those who maintain that suffering undeserved and unexplained must show there cannot be a loving God out there need only ask these people who never lost their faith or hope