Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw

Rising The Battle for Warsaw The story of the Warsaw Rising from the the leading British authority on the history of Poland

  • Title: Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw
  • Author: Norman Davies
  • ISBN: 9780330488631
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of the Warsaw Rising from the the leading British authority on the history of Poland.

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    1. A book split into 3 parts, with before, during and after scenarios. Copious footnotes, maps galore and 36 appendices. 2 sections of plates. Obviously well researched. This long book is on a very interesting subject that should have been right up my reading alley. It wasn’t.My complaints are many. I thought the author Norman Davies got bogged down far too often. Trying to justify his opinion over and over again became repetitive. The first part discussing east west European alliances should hav [...]

    2. It has amazed me in my further educating myself about all things Polish that so much of the history of the Poles in (and post) World War II has been suppressed and/or distorted. The Katyn massacres were only finally acknowledged over a half century after they occurred. The whole "big politics" picture, long-standing stereotypes about high moral ground subscribed to by the Allies' leaders, most notably Roosevelt and Churchill, during the war was altered by Plohky’s Yalta: The Price of Peace. Th [...]

    3. Sigh.Okay, the mean bits first. The book was mis-titled, poorly edited, and full of so many cognitive leaps, it could have formed its own Irish dance troupe. If this weren't billed as a history book, these flaws might be tolerable; but lets deal with them one by one.Mis-titled: The book is titled Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw. A reasonable person would assume from that title that we were going to read about this Rising. But instead, the thesis we get to read is "Given that the Allied were vi [...]

    4. This is one of three of the most tragic; yet, historically written works I read in 2017.The author admits up front in this work that the definitive history cannot be completed until the Russian Federation/Soviet Union open up the archives for research on this topic; they are still closed. There are links within this non-linear work – the most important of course is 1 August 1944 the day the Uprising began. The author created an intrinsic work based on available information and survivors that h [...]

    5. I am unsure how to rate this book since it has some very well researched information but has faults that are hard to overlook It is one of those very large book which you know will take a while to read but this took me much longer than I thought since the editing and free flow time frames kept me off balance. I was particularly put off by the use of initials for the Polish names which the author explained would make the reading easier for those who don't speak Polish; however, he used full Russi [...]

    6. i just wrote a really long and excellent review of this book. and then i deleted it. fuck, good book. yeah.

    7. Best review I can give is to direct you to Wanda Mohr's review.This is an excellent and engrossing read. It is made all the better because Davies devotes space to before and after as well as during. I particulary enjoyed the capusules, which were first hand accounts. I do wish that some of the material in the appendixs had been in the actual book, but that's quibbling. If you study WW II, read this.

    8. Davies concentrates on the brewing storm of politics, internal and external, just as much as the events of the Uprising itself, which limits its utility as a straight-ahead conflict narrative but provides a deep contextual framework for the doomed events of August, 1944. Lucid and well written, engaging and well worth reading.

    9. Overall, a good telling of the story but has a lot of side bars that are actually more distracting than helpful. Also, refers to Polish players by first name and last initial which can be confusing if you are used to reading about these people with the use of the last names. Author claims it's to make it easier for the reader, so he/she doesn't have to struggle with the difficult Polish names yet doesn't do the same with difficult German, French and Russian names. Give the reader a little credit [...]

    10. I didn't actually read this book as it is way too heavy for me. However, I did glean a tidbit about "Czechs being nice children", p. 22For Western views of the nations of Eastern Europe, where they existed at all, often possessed a decidedly judgemental character. Winston Churchill, for example, divided the states of Europe unkindly into 'giants' and 'pygmies'. The giants were the Great Powers who had just fought the Great War. They pygmies were all those troublesome national states which had em [...]

    11. Davies has quite simply created a masterpiece with this one. A long neglected story of the Warsaw Rising and a searing condemnation of the Allies who considered keeping Stalin sweet more important than Polish independence and the people of Warsaw. His knowledge of the subject matter knows no bounds and the excellent use of "capsules" to convey first hand accounts brings the story of the Rising alive. [return][return]Before having visited Warsaw in 2009 I was, like many others, only aware of the [...]

    12. I have just finished "Rising '44" by Norman Davies and I am silenced by the remarkable, painstakingly unfolded piece of history about the fight by Poles to save their capital, their culture and themselves against monstrous oppressors and how all those who should and could have helped them, did not. It is a detailed unveiling of a horrific betrayal.This was such a complex historic story to tell and Davies did an excellent job of making it all clear. I have much to reflect upon about the roles of [...]

    13. Norman Davies is one of the few authors writing good, serious, and readable history of Poland in English. Of the three books of his that I have read this is by far the best. It also ranks on my short list of WWII related books that I would recommend (and trust me I have read a lot of these). Although not as entertaining as Stephen Ambrose, it is still very good. Davies also breaks out special interest stories into separate boxes that the reader can review at leisure. Although I greatly enjoyed t [...]

    14. This is one of those books that you read a paragraph and think 'wait, I didn't take in a word of that' and reread it hence it's taken me six weeks to get to page 296 (out of about 500, 150 of which are appendices). Fascinating stuff, though. Norman Davies loves the Poles (and we love him) and this history of the Warsaw Rising shows the tragedy that could have been avoided had Britain and the US pulled their collective finger out and helped a bit more, like they promised. The Russians don't come [...]

    15. I read this when I was about 14 or 15 and I remember being completely gripped by it. Definitely required reading if you have an interest in European history. If only all history books were written like this

    16. Davies has quite simply created a masterpiece with this one. A long neglected story of the Warsaw Rising and a searing condemnation of the Allies who considered keeping Stalin sweet more important than Polish independence and the people of Warsaw. His knowledge of the subject matter knows no bounds and the excellent use of "capsules" to convey first hand accounts brings the story of the Rising alive. [return][return]Before having visited Warsaw in 2009 I was, like many others, only aware of the [...]

    17. Comprehensive look at the '44 Warsaw uprising starting with a review of Poland's plight at the beginning of WW II and concluding with Poland under Soviet denomination and the effects that had on denying those involved in the rising any recognition other than an enemy to the USSR. The author could have used a better editor and I wish he would have used the real polish names of individuals instead of abbreviations (though he does have a guide to those in the appendix), but still a good read on Pol [...]

    18. Correction: one third of the length is about the battle. The other two thirds go too far back and forward in Polish history to be wholly relevant to the events '44.Read Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising by Alexandra Richie instead. It's on the mark.

    19. This is a great history of the Polish Home Army and it's uprising against the German Occupational Forces.

    20. The book covers a much larger time frame than just the 'rising' in 44 and that extra information was very useful for understanding the uprising, the problem was that the author did not provide a very clear picture of the actual uprising. You get short (usually 2 page) first person accounts throughout the middle section of the book but no real detailed analysis of what happened inside Warsaw, there is plenty of discussion of what the allies are doing and why which was very informational but the c [...]

    21. Rising '44 is a historical book written in a way that is interesting to read. ND gives a balanced perspecitve on the Rising in Warsaw in 1944. His book is very informative, places the Rising in a historical context, which allows the reader to understand the background. ND seems to be non-judgemental in the sense that he avoids going deeper in some debates we have in our country, e.g. who was a traitor or not. I will gladly recommend this book to both citizens of Poland and people from outside Po [...]

    22. Almost too much to say The degree to which this ties into my family history definitely leaves me with a bias, particularly because my grandmother, Halina Gorniak (nee Godecki) was a messenger/courier during the Rising, and my grandfather was part of the Home Army.

    23. A thorough telling of the betrayal of democratic Poland by the allies in 1944, but one that suffers from too much detail. Detail that often reinforces points rather than moving them on. Edited to half the length and this could be a “must read.”

    24. This was a brilliant and poignant book about a little known chapter in the Second World War. The historical events themselves are easily told, but the lessons to learn from them are profound. In August 1944, with the Soviet Army nearby and the German Army in retreat, the Polish Home Army launched a major uprising in Warsaw with the aim of contributing to the liberation of Poland and strengthening their ability to negotiate a post war settlement that was more favourable. However, the Soviet armie [...]

    25. I picked up this book in the Warsaw Rising museum. I found the museum completely lacking in organisation and light (it was very poorly lit). It did look like there was a lot of things to be said but coming out of that place you didn't have a clear idea of what actually happened or what the Rising meant sometime in '44. Which is why I bought this book.I am familiar with academic essays but it is not my cup of tea. Let's just say I like to read them every now and again but I'm more a sensationalis [...]

    26. Rising '44 est un tres grand livre sur la très controversée Insurrection de Varsove qui a lieu entre le 1er aout et le 2 octobre 1994. Pendant cette insurrection 17,000 soldats allemands et 25,000 soldats polonais sont mort. Les pertes de vie chez les civiles se sont chiffrées entre 160 000 et 180 000. La grande controverse se fait entre ceux qui sont de l'avis que l'Insurrection a été un acte courageux commis par les polonais qui voulaient combattre les Nazis et ceux qui pensent que l'acte [...]

    27. What a sad and terrible story: After years of Nazi occupation, the Poles of Warsaw rise against their oppressors on August 1, 1944, only to be ignored by their Western allies and betrayed by their Soviet ones. The Rising is viciously crushed by the Nazis, and Warsaw is leveled in retribution. Then the Soviet army marches in and Poland is forced to accept a puppet Communist government and Soviet overlordship, ushering in ten terrible years of Stalinist tyranny. Norman Davies, who has fine credent [...]

    28. I knew next to nothing about the Rising in Warsaw so saw this book as an opportunity to fill in the gap. Wow. I had no idea. The treatment of Poland by the Allied forces was atrocious. To put a pin it, I visited Montormel while reading this and saw just how hard the 1st Polish Armoured fought, while the Rising was in full swing, to contain the German forces trying to escape the pocket. Remarkable gallantry and bravery. This book is a must read to begin to understand post-WW2 politics and the Col [...]

    29. I thought I am one of the people that know about Warsaw Rising a lot. Yet I wanted to see how this enormous tragedy is seen in the eyes of a foreigh historian, a British historian.I must say the book has shaken me thoroughly. This is not a typical history text book. And it's not an easy book. It took me a good few months to go through it, yet it was definitely worth it. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to all my friends. It might help you to understand Poles better and learn about our difficu [...]

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