“Beevor, best known for his formidable book Stalingrad, commands authority because his research is comprehensive and his conclusions free of political agenda. He is a skilled writer, but his prose is is not what makes his books special. Rather, it is the confidence that his authority conveys – one senses that he knows his subject as well as anyone. He allows his evidence to speak for itself. . . This is an unmerciful book, agonising, yet always irresistible.” Gerard DeGroot, The Times
“A masterpiece of history and a harrowing lesson for today. . . Antony Beevor’s grimly magnificent new book. . . is a hugely complex story and Beevor tells it supremely well. The book is ground-breaking in its use of original evidence from many archives.” Noel Malcolm in The Daily Telegraph *****
“What makes the new book so readable is its structure. . . Beevor’s short chapters break up the action to ensure they are digestible while also pointing a clear path through the dark fog of this brutal war. . . This combination of clarity with vividness is Beevor’s defining strength as a historian.” Misha Glenny in The Sunday Times
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“A completely riveting account of how the Russian Revolution, which started with such high hopes and idealism, degenerated into a tangle of civil conflicts marked by hideous cruelty on all sides. Antony Beevor brings his great gifts for narrative and his deep interest in the people who both make history and suffer it to illuminate that crucial period whose consequences we are still living with today.” Margaret MacMillan
“Brilliant and utterly readable” Antonia Fraser
“[Beevor] has given us what may be his most brilliant book to date – a masterpiece of historical imagination, in which the tragedy and horror of this colossal struggle is recaptured, in its impact on everyday life as well as its military dimensions, as never before. This is a great book, whose depiction of savage inhumanity speaks powerfully to our present condition. ” John Gray
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Antony Beevor: The number one bestselling historian in Britain

Beevor’s books have appeared in thirty-three languages and have sold more than eight million copies. A former chairman of the Society of Authors, he has received a number of honorary doctorates. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Kent and an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London. He was knighted in 2017.

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Interview with Leigh Sales – ABC

22nd June 2022

It’s almost 100 days since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in a bid to remove the nation’s political leadership and install a pro-Moscow regime.

Leigh Sales interviews Antony Beevor, a military historian who’s been closely following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. His latest book is Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917- 1921.

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