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Enemy at the gate book

Discussion in 'WWII Books & Publications' started by Warhawk77, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Warhawk77

    Warhawk77 Member

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    The local library has this book is it worth reading? Guessing its what the movie was based off of and I liked the movie just wish it was more detailed. Thinking the book will be what I'm looking for.


    so have you read it? Is it worth the time?
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    The book is good, I recommend it. I covers the battle from start to finish and from both sides.

    The movie was based more or less off of a single paragraph in the book.

    If the movie and the book were not named the same, you never notice any connection between the two.
     
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    Thanks for that info
     
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    I enjoyed the book and the movie. For a novice like me, the book was perfect. The best way to put it is, the movie represents some of the book.
     
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    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    The book really has nothing to do with the movie. It's a good read, though ( IIRC it was the first book about Stalingrad which I read ) but it's now been overshadowed by Beevor's 'Stalingrad'.
     
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    I'm reading Antony beevor Stalingrad right now.
     
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    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Great - it won't spoil 'EATG' for you ; the style is different and IIRC some different details of the action are in each.....
     
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    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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    I prefer Beevor's book but Enemy at the Gates still a good read. As for the movie, guess you can call it a book 'inspired' movie.
     
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    That is a good book, also, possibly better than EATG.

    When you finish Stalingrad, consider reading When Titans Clashed by Glantz. It is easy to find and a good all in one of the Eastern Front.
     
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    I've always found descriptions of "Pavlov's House" in various books to be a much more interesting story than that of Zaitsev. The trouble with all "big picture" books is that you only get a little vignette of people like Pavlov or Zaitsev.
     
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    I remember Pavlov's House being epic in the book. Zaitzev was great too but Pavlov turning the house into a fortress and having the Germans come at him and his guys was a lot more thrilling. I just bought Beevor's Stalingrad but I think I will reread Enemy at the Gates. Really looking forward to completing Glantz's Trilogy on Stalingrad
     

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