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    DescriptionWhen the German High Command encircled Leningrad it was a deliberate policy to eradicate the city's civilian population by starving them to death. As winter set in and food supplies dwindled, starvation and panic set in. A specialist in battle psychology and the vital role of morale in desperate circumstances, Michael Jones tells the human story of Leningrad. Drawing on newly available eyewitness accounts and diaries, he shows Leningrad in its every dimension including taboo truths, long-suppressed by the Soviets, such as looting, criminal gangs and cannibalism. But, for many ordinary citizens, Leningrad marked the triumph of the human spirit. They drew deeply on their inner resources to inspire, comfort and help one another. At the height of the siege an extraordinary live performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony profoundly strengthened the city's will to resist. When German troops heard it in their trenches one remarked: 'We began to understand we would never take Leningrad. Yet, Leningrad's self-defence came at a huge price. When the 900-day siege ended in 1944 almost a million people had died and those who survived would be permanently marked by what they had endured, as this superbly insightful and moving history shows.


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    Title
    Leningrad
    Subtitle
    State of Siege
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 264 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719569425
    ISBN 10: 0719569427
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DVUA
    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, JWL
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15570
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: 1DVUA
    DC22: 940.5421721
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JWL
    Illustrations note
    2x8pp
    Publisher
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    28 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Michael Jones has a PhD in History from Bristol University. He subsequently taught at Bristol Polytechnic, Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and now works freelance as a writer, media historical consultant and presenter. He has written two books and for the last 5 years he has conducted Battlefield Tours of the Eastern Front.
    Review quote
    'A tribute to the resilience of the human spirit' Herald 'Where the book stands out is in the portrait of ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances... Fluently written... the uniquely terrible experience of suffering, especially of 1941-2, is effectively described' BBC History 'Jones's book is set apart from other histories by his careful and judicious use of witness accounts' Sunday Business Post 'Detailed account of the 872-day siege of the Soviet Union's iconic city' Morning Star