• Historians and reviewers worldwide have hailed Antony Beevor's magisterial Stalingrad as the definitive account of World War II's most harrowing battle. In August 1942, Hitler's huge Sixth Army reached the city that bore Stalin's name. In the five month siege that followed, the Russians fought to hold Stalingrad at any cost, then caught their Nazi enemy in an astonishing reversal.

    As never before, Stalingrad conveys the experience of soldiers on both sides as they fought in inhuman conditions, and of civilians trapped on an urban battlefield. Antony Beevor has interviewed survivors and discovered completely new material in a wide range of German and Soviet archives, including reports of prisoner interrogations, desertions, and executions. The battle of Stalingrad was the psychological turning point of World War II; as Beevor makes clear, it also changed the face of modern warfare. As a story of cruelty, courage, and human suffering, Stalingrad is unprecedented and unforgettable.

  • In his latest work, Antony Beevor--bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945 and one of our most respected historians of World War II--brings us the true, little-known story of a family torn apart by revolution and war. Olga Chekhova, a stunning Russian beauty, was the niece of playwright Anton Chekhov and a famous Nazi-era film actress who was closely associated with Hitler. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev to become a Soviet spy--a career she spent her entire postwar life denying. The riveting story of how Olga and her family survived the Russian Revolution, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Second World War becomes, in Beevor’s hands, a breathtaking tale of survival in a merciless age.

  • Anglais D-Day

    Beevor Antony

    The #1 internationally bestselling history of D-Day is now enhanced with rare video footage from the NBC News Archives for the ultimate narrative of the battle for Normandy.
    "Glorious, horrifying...D-Day is a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women."-'Time
    Fans of Ben Macintyre's Double Cross will love this history by Antony Beevor -'the man who "single-handedly transformed the reputation of military history" (The Guardian)-'presents the first major account of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris in more than twenty years. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers, but also the terrible suffering of the French civilians caught up in the fighting. Beevor draws upon research in more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews to produce the consummate account of the invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to Paris's liberation.

  • Anglais Crete 1941

    Beevor Antony

    The bestselling author of Stalingrad and D-Day vividly reconstructs the epic WWII struggle for Crete - reissued with a new introduction.
    Nazi Germany expected its airborne attack on Crete in 1941 to be a textbook victory based on tactical surprise. Little did they know that the British, using Ultra intercepts, had already laid a careful trap. It should have been the first German defeat of the war when a fatal misunderstanding turned the battle around.
    Prize-winning historian and bestselling author Antony Beevor lends his gift for storytelling to this important conflict, showing not only how the situation turned bad for Allied forces, but also how ferocious Cretan freedom fighters mounted a heroic resistance. Originally published in 1991, Crete 1941 is a breathtaking account of a momentous battle of World War II.

  • The little-known drama of the last-minute decision to launch the invasion of Normandy-'excerpted from the internationally bestselling D-Day: The Battle for Normandy
    In D-Day: The Decision to Launch, excerpted from Antony Beevor's bestselling book D-Day: The Battle for Normandy, readers get the little-known story of how the difficult decision was made to launch the Allied invasion of France on June 6, 1944.
    The stakes could not have been higher: if Operation Overlord were to fail, it would be a crushing blow to the Allies, a huge loss of both men and equipment. The decision of when to launch rested with supreme commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, but it hinged on one factor: the weather. If there was too much cloud cover, the Allied bombers wouldn't be able to provide air support, and if the seas were too rough, the landing craft would be swamped. It fell to one man to predict the weather: Dr. James Stagg, the head of the meteorological team at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force.
    This riveting selection from D-Day, praised by Time as 'a vibrant work of history that honors the sacrifice of tens of thousands of men and women,' tells the fascinating inside story of one of the most important decisions of World War II.

  • A fresh and acclaimed account of the Spanish Civil War by the bestselling author of Stalingrad and The Fall Of Berlin 1945
    To mark the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Civil War's outbreak, Antony Beevor has written a completely updated and revised account of one of the most bitter and hard-fought wars of the twentieth century. With new material gleaned from the Russian archives and numerous other sources, this brisk and accessible book (Spain's #1 bestseller for twelve weeks), provides a balanced and penetrating perspective, explaining the tensions that led to this terrible overture to World War II and affording new insights into the war-its causes, course, and consequences.

  • Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth century's most significant battles, Antony Beevor is one of the best known and respected military historians writing today. He now offers readers a gripping, street-level portrait of the harrowing days of January 1945 in Berlin when the vengeful Red Army and beleaguered Nazi forces clashed for a final time. The result was the most gruesome display of brutality in the war, with tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rapes, pillage, and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians froze to death or were massacred because Nazi officials had forbidden their evacuation. Hitler, half crazed in his bunker, issued wild orders while Stalin was prepared to risk any number of his men to seize the city before the other Allies could get there.
    Making full use of newly disclosed material from former Soviet files as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, Beevor has reconstructed the different experiences of those millions caught up in the death throes of the Third Reich. The Fall of Berlin 1945 depicts not only the brutality and desperation of a city under siege but also rare moments of extreme humanity and heroism. This account also contains new revelations about the motives behind Stalin's hurried assault. Sure to appeal to all readers interested in military history and the Second World War, The Fall of Berlin 1945 promises to be the definitive treatment of the subject for years to come.

  • La chute de Berlin

    Antony Beevor

    C'est avec une terrible soif de vengeance, après les exactions commises par les  allemands en Russie, que l'Armée rouge atteint les frontières du Reich en janvier 1945, puis s'approche inexorablement de Berlin, « l'antre de la bête fasciste ». Et cette vengeance sera effroyable : villes et villages anéantis, civils écrasés par les chenilles des chars, meurtres en série, pillage systématique. Des centaines de milliers de femmes et d'enfants périssent, souvent de faim ou de froid, et plus de sept millions de personnes s'enfuient vers l'ouest pour tenter d'échapper à la mort et à la terreur. Le viol devient systémique, de sorte que pas moins de deux millions d'Allemandes en sont victimes chiffre corroboré par les rapports secrets que le NKVD envoie à Moscou.
    Pour avoir révélé dans ce livre l'ampleur du phénomène, Antony Beevor fut accusé de diffamer l'Armée rouge et déclaré persona non grata en Russie par Vladimir Poutine. Hitler, confiné dans son bunker souterrain, à moitié fou, veut orchestrer le Gtterdämmerung d'un peuple allemand qu'il estime n'avoir pas été à la hauteur du destin qu'il lui assignait. Les Berlinois paieront de leur vie par dizaines de milliers le fanatisme suicidaire du Führer, tandis que Staline prépare déjà l'après-guerre en cherchant à mettre la main sur l'arme nucléaire que préparait le Reich dans un laboratoire secret dans la banlieue sud de Berlin.
    S'appuyant sur des archives souvent inédites, Antony Beevor nous livre non seulement un document historique capital, mais aussi un grand récit tragique et poignant, où l'on voit se déchaîner, portées à leur paroxysme, toutes les passions humaines.

  •   Le 17 septembre 1944, le général Kurt Student, créateur des forces  aéroportées allemandes, entend le rugissement crescendo d'un grand nombre  de moteurs d'avions. Il sort sur la terrasse de la villa qu'il occupe et qui domine  le plat pays du sud des Pays-Bas pour regarder passer l'armada de Dakota et  de planeurs qui convoient les 1re division parachutiste britannique et les 82e  et 101e divisions aéroportées américaines. Ce n'est pas sans une pointe de  jalousie qu'il contemple cette démonstration de force aéroportée.
        Market Garden, le plan du maréchal Montgomery consistant à donner le  coup de grâce à l'Allemagne nazie en capturant les ponts hollandais donnant  accès à la Ruhr était audacieux. Mais avait-il la moindre chance de réussir ?  Le prix à payer quand il s'avéra un échec fut effroyable, en particulier pour les  Néerlandais qui avaient tout fait pour aider leurs libérateurs éphémères. Les  représailles allemandes furent cruelles et sans pitié, et ce jusqu'à la fin de la  guerre.
        Quant à Arnhem et Nimègue, villes cartes-postales au coeur de l'Europe  civilisée, elles se retrouvèrent, à l'arrêt des combats, dévastées et jonchées des  cadavres d'innombrables jeunes soldats qui avaient payé de leur vie l'hubris  de leur haut commandement.
        En puisant dans une documentation prodigieuse et parfaitement maîtrisée  composée pour beaucoup d'archives inexploitées hollandaises, britanniques,  allemandes, américaines et polonaises, Antony Beevor nous fait vivre la  terrible réalité d'une bataille dont le général Student lui-même prédit avec  lucidité qu'elle donnerait à l'Allemagne sa « dernière victoire ».
        Son récit implacable, qui alterne les gros plans et les vues d'ensemble,  nous plonge au coeur même de la guerre, et rend hommage à des milliers de  héros anonymes que l'Histoire a oubliés.

  • Stalingrad

    Antony Beevor

    La bataille de Stalingrad, qui commença le 23 août 1942, fut sans doute le tournant psychologique de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Parce que la grande ville  industrielle sur la Volga portait son nom, et parce qu'une victoire allemande aurait  loupé la Russie en deux, Staline décréta : « Pas un pas en arrière ! », et veilla à ce que le NKVD fasse respecter sa consigne à la lettre. S'ensuivirent quatre mois de guerre urbaine impitoyable qui se terminèrent par l'encerclement et la reddition de la 6e Armée de la Wehrmacht. Cette bataille et ses retombées coûtèrent la vie à 500 000 hommes de part et d'autre et firent le double de blessés, sans compter les victimes civiles, innombrables.
    Stalingrad est le livre référence sur le sujet. Parfaitement documenté et enrichi des témoignages de nombreux survivants, il fait vivre au lecteur cette « mère de toutes les batailles » au plus près de l'action, du « Wolfschanze » de Hitler en Prusse-Orientale aux lignes de front, qui bougeaient sans arrêt et qu'on se disputait à la grenade, au lance-flammes et au corps à corps.
    Stalingrad a été publié pour la première fois en français en 1999. Cette « édition des 20 ans » intègre nombre d'ajouts et de corrections apportés au texte par l'auteur au fil des années, ainsi qu'un avant-propos inédit, écrit spécialement pour la réédition française, fourmillant d'anecdotes et racontant notamment comment il put avoir accès à des archives russes inaccessibles avant la Perestroïka, et qui furent mises sous embargo par le Kremlin peu après la publication du livre.

  •   Le Débarquement allié en Normandie, le 6 juin 1944, passe à juste titre pour un des grands tournants de la Seconde Guerre mondiale - à tel point que dans l'esprit de beaucoup de Français le reste de la guerre ne fut qu'une formalité. Or, il n'en est rien. Si le Débarquement fut un de ces moments où se forgent les légendes, la bataille qui s'ensuivit, connue sous le nom de bataille de Normandie, fut autrement plus longue, difficile, émaillée d'atrocités - et décisive. En effet, une défaite alliée aurait eu des conséquences géopolitiques majeures pour l'Europe, car rien alors n'aurait pu empêcher l'Armée rouge de pousser jusqu'à l'Atlantique. Or, Antony Beevor révèle, pour la première fois, à quel point le désordre, l'improvisation, les erreurs stratégiques et tactiques, l'impréparation de leurs troupes faillirent coûter leur victoire aux Alliés. Seule leur écrasante supériorité aérienne leur permit de l'emporter - mais à quel prix, notamment en vies civiles françaises et en morts accidentelles dans leurs propres rangs !  D-Day et la bataille de Normandie est le premier livre d'« historical narrative » à l'anglo-saxonne sur ces trois mois de guerre totale publié en France depuis Le Jour le plus long, de Cornelius Ryan, qui date de 1959. Antony Beevor a pu consulter des archives rendues publiques aux États-Unis et en Angleterre en vertu des délais de prescription, mais aussi des documents inédits allemands, français et canadiens, et retrouver nombre d'enregistrements originaux, dont les « débriefings » des soldats américains enregistrés à chaud par le service d'information des armées, ce qui lui a permis de croiser les témoignages et d'approcher au plus près le vécu des combattants sur le terrain. C'est à une reconstitution entièrement nouvelle et à rebours des mythes dominants qu'il nous convie, en maniant comme lui seul sait le faire le « zoom » : tantôt au plus près de l'action sur le terrain pour montrer, tantôt avec du recul pour expliquer.

  • A l'occasion du 70e anniversaire de la Libération de Paris, voici l'histoire de sa renaissance entre 1944 et 1949 par l'un des tous meilleurs historiens de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, capable de toucher un public des plus larges. La libération de Paris s'ouvre dans l'enthousiasme, et le sang. Elle est faite de l'espoir des premiers " beaux jours " après cinq années terribles, de la fureur des règlements de comptes, des débuts de la lutte idéologique et politique entre Français, Américains et Soviétiques, entre gaullistes et PCF. Paradoxalement, Paris connaît également une sorte d'" été indien " : la capitale redevient le centre d'une vie intellectuelle et artistique mondiale tandis que les salons et la vie mondaine déploient à nouveau leurs fastes. S'appuyant sur des archives touchant à la vie des plus humbles comme aux décisions des dirigeants, Antony Beevor et Artemis Cooper brossent la fresque de ce quinquennat hors du commun fait d'ombre et de lumière.

  • The Normandy Landings that took place on D-Day involved by far the largest invasion fleet ever known. The scale of the undertaking was simply awesome. What followed them was some of the most cunning and ferocious fighting of the war, at times as savage as anything seen on the Eastern Front. As casualties mounted, so too did the tensions between the principal commanders on both sides. Meanwhile, French civilians caught in the middle of these battlefields or under Allied bombing endured terrible suffering. Even the joys of Liberation had their darker side. The war in northern France marked not just a generation but the whole of the post-war world, profoundly influencing relations between America and Europe.Making use of overlooked and new material from over thirty archives in half a dozen countries, D-Day is the most vivid and well-researched account yet of the battle of Normandy. As with Stalingrad and Berlin, Antony Beevor's gripping narrative conveys the true experience of war.

  • Post liberation Paris - an epoch charged with political and conflicting emotions. Liberation was greeted with joy but marked by recriminations and the trauma of purges. The feverish intellectual arguments of the young took place amidst the mundane reality of hunger and fuel shortages. This is a stunning historical account of one of the most stimulating periods in twentieth century French history.

  • Olga Chekhova was a stunning Russian beauty and a famous Nazi-era film actress who Hitler counted among his friends; she was also the niece of Anton Chekhov. After fleeing Bolshevik Moscow for Berlin in 1920, she was recruited by her composer brother Lev, to work for Soviet intelligence. In return, her family were allowed to join her. The extraordinary story of how the whole family survived the Russian Revolution, the civil war, the rise of Hitler, the Stalinist Terror, and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union becomes, in Antony Beevor's hands, a breathtaking tale of compromise and survival in a merciless age.

  • In October 1942, a panzer officer wrote 'Stalingrad is no longer a town... Animals flee this hell; the hardest stones cannot bear it for long; only men endure. The battle for Stalingrad became the focus of Hitler and Stalin's determination to win the gruesome, vicious war on the eastern front. The citizens of Stalingrad endured unimaginable hardship; the battle, with fierce hand-to-hand fighting in each room of each building, was brutally destructive to both armies. But the eventual victory of the Red Army, and the failure of Hitler's Operation Barbarossa, was the first defeat of Hitler's territorial ambitions in Europe, and the start of his decline. An extraordinary story of tactical genius, civilian bravery, obsession, carnage and the nature of war itself, Stalingrad will act as a testament to the vital role of the soviet war effort.

  • The prizewinning historian and bestselling author of D-Day and Stalingrad reconstructs the Battle of the Bulge in this riveting new account
    On December 16, 1944, Hitler launched his ‘last gamble’ in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes in Belgium, believing he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp and forcing the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back.
    The allies, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians abandoned their homes, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While some American soldiers, overwhelmed by the German onslaught, fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance.
    The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the Eastern Front. In fact the Ardennes became the Western Front’s counterpart to Stalingrad. There was terrible ferocity on both sides, driven by desperation and revenge, in which the normal rules of combat were breached. The Ardennes--involving more than a million men--would prove to be the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.
    In this deeply researched work, with striking insights into the major players on both sides, Antony Beevor gives us the definitive account of the Ardennes offensive which was to become the greatest battle of World War II.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • From the bestselling author of Stalingrad, Berlin and D-Day, Antony Beevor's Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble tells the story of the German's ill-fated final stand.On 16 December, 1944, Hitler launched his 'last gamble' in the snow-covered forests and gorges of the Ardennes. He believed he could split the Allies by driving all the way to Antwerp, then force the Canadians and the British out of the war. Although his generals were doubtful of success, younger officers and NCOs were desperate to believe that their homes and families could be saved from the vengeful Red Army approaching from the east. Many were exultant at the prospect of striking back. The Ardennes offensive, with more than a million men involved, became the greatest battle of the war in western Europe. American troops, taken by surprise, found themselves fighting two panzer armies. Belgian civilians fled, justifiably afraid of German revenge. Panic spread even to Paris. While many American soldiers fled or surrendered, others held on heroically, creating breakwaters which slowed the German advance. The harsh winter conditions and the savagery of the battle became comparable to the eastern front. And after massacres by the Waffen-SS, even American generals approved when their men shot down surrendering Germans. The Ardennes was the battle which finally broke the back of the Wehrmacht.'Revealing, profound and thoroughly unputdownable, Stalingrad is an extraordinary achievement which transcends its genre' Vitali Vitaliev, Daily Telegraph (on Stalingrad)'This brilliant storyteller. . . makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own: that is his gift. It is much more than just a humane account; it is compellingly readable, deeply researched and beautifully written' Simon Sebag Montefiore, Spectator (on Berlin)'This is a terrific, inspiring, heart-breaking book. It makes the argument all over again that the world would be an infinitely better place if it didn't keep producing subject matter for military historians: but as long as it does, we can rejoice that at the top of that profession is Antony Beevor' Sam Leith, Daily Mail (on D-Day)'His book is the definitive history. This is World War II as Tolstoy would have described it - the great and the small' Gerard DeGroot, Washington Post (on The Second World War)Antony Beevor is the renowned author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature, and Berlin, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award. His books have appeared in thirty foreign editions and sold over six million copies.

  • Anglais Berlin

    Antony Beevor

    Berlin: The Downfall 19145 is Antony Beevor's brilliant account of the fall of the Third Reich.The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army.Antony Beevor reconstructs the experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.