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"Should be compulsory reading... Rips away at many of our lazy assumptions about the outcome of the Second World War." —The Guardian, London



[Davies’] knowledge and his passion are displayed in this notable book. His research among Polish and Soviet sources is exhaustive... —Max Hastings, Sunday Telegraph (London)

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One of the most dramatic and shameful episodes in World War II was the doomed Warsaw uprising of 1944—an uprising that failed because the Allies betrayed it. Now that story comes to its full terrible life in this gripping account by the bestselling historian Norman Davies.

In August 1944, encouraged by the advance of the Red Army, the Polish Resistance poured forty thousand fighters into the streets of Warsaw to reclaim the city from the hated Germans. But Stalin condemned the uprising as a criminal venture. For sixty-three days the Wehrmacht methodically set about crushing the rebellion and destroying the city. Following the battle’s desperate progress through the cellars and sewers of Warsaw, Rising ’44 retrieves its subject from the shadows of history, revealing its pivotal importance to the outcome of World War II and the Cold War that followed.

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  • Broché: 784 pages
  • Editeur : Pan Books; Édition : Unabridged (4 juin 2004)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0330488635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330488631
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,1 x 5,1 x 19,7 cm
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Par international history books sur 23 mars 2011
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J'ai beaucoup aimé! Un fait pour l'instant encore trop peu connu de l'Histoire de la Pologne, on se plonge dans les évenements - et alors, on comprend. Davies est un vrai spécialiste!
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par douglas sur 20 juillet 2006
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Connaissant un peu les écrits de Norman Davies et ayant entendu beaucoup de bonnes opinions sur "Rising '44", je m'attendais à beaucoup mieux.

En effet, mis à part les chapitres introductifs qui offrent un bel aperçu et des informations intéressantes sur la Pologne d'avant-guerre (notamment sur le sujet des relations entre Polonais et Juifs) et sur le rôle des Polonais durant la Seconde guerre mondiale, on y apprend que très peu de choses sur l'Insurrection de Varsovie elle-même. Une personne avec un soupçon de connaissances sur l'histoire de la Pologne trouvera ces informations d'une valeure minime car la masse de détails fait que l'on a du mal à les retenir et une personne qui ne s'y connait pas n'y comprendra rien.

D'autant plus que le livre est écrit dans un style monotone qui rend sa lecture je dirais très... ennuyante. L'idée d'angliciser les prénoms et noms polonais et même les pseudonymes des résistants ne fait qu'ajouter à la confusion.

En bref, je déconseille ce livre; si vous n'êtes pas exceptionnellement motivés pour aller au bout de ces quelques centaines de pages, il est peu probable que vous finissiez ce livre.

Je pense que ce livre n'est susceptible de plaire qu'aux étudiants ou aux historiens spécialisés dans la seconde guerre mondiale en Europe centrale.
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Warsaw Rising in full historical context 28 juillet 2004
Par Leszek Strzelecki - Publié sur Amazon.com
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There are a number of reasons why I rated this newest book by Norman Davies with all 5 stars. Not necessarily in this order:

1. "Rising '44" is an excellent read, thrilling, captivating, entertaining at times, surprising and emotionally engaging. It's the style, typical of Norman Davies that keeps the reader in suspense at all times, in need to hear and learn more and more.

2. The subject of this book, the rising against the Nazis in Warsaw in late summer 1944 is a relatively little known, or forgotten (outside of Poland), yet one of the most tragic, episode in the entire history of World War II. Just like the whole world must know about the extermination of the Jews, a part of which was the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943, the entire world, too, should know about another part of Holocaust, the immense suffering, and injustice, inflicted on Polish people.

3. Norman Davies did an extensive research, both in the West (Great Britain, USA) and in the East (Russia), not to mention Poland itself, to reach previously unknown documents that might shed some new light on the whole context of the event. Several theories or, rather, suspicions were well established for years but... no conclusive proof. By his own admission Davies did not quite succeed in his effort; neither in Great Britain nor in Russia were all archives made available even this many years after the end of the War. Still, the broad political perspective surrounding the uprising, all those dealings behind the closed doors, that he was able to portray, are extremely enlightening.

4. And morally disturbing. Poland was the first country to oppose Hitler. Great Britain and France declared war on Germany to defend Poland and its sovereignty. Or, so they claimed. If the terrible defeat Poland suffered in 1939 were not enough, not only from the hands of the Germans, at the end of the day Poland was traded for Stalin's continued participation in the war. The moral standards invoked in September 1939 vanished by 1944, another quarter million people lost their lives, and Poland did not regain its independence... while the rest of the world celebrated victory over Nazism.

The story of Warsaw Rising 1944, as told by Norman Davies, is a persuasive one and unsettling. The perception of the whole "big politics" picture, long-standing stereotypes about high moral ground subscribed to by the Allies' leaders, most notably Roosevelt himself, during the war will be very likely altered. And more truth about the real nature of the Stalin's regime will be acknowledged.

There is one drawback with this book, already pointed out by others. Indeed, I find Davies' use of his own phonetic versions of names rather than actual Polish an odd one, silly and confusing. The reader from Toronto was quite right pointing out as baffling for Davies to believe "that his English-speaking readers, all of whom have an interest in Poland and Polish history (otherwise they would not be reading Rising '44), are incapable of dealing with the Polish language." This notwithstanding I would not go so far as to label this decision "an appalling piece of Anglo arrogance" (for this arrogance was directed at the "Anglos" themselves). For some peculiar reason Norman Davies simply "goofed up".

But other critical remarks, quite limited in number, are squarely off the mark. One reader complained about not writing on the subject of the more famous Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. He must have missed few sections of the book for Davies gave a synopsis of the Nazi policy of extermination of the Jews and wrote about the Ghetto uprising itself; quite at length as a matter of fact.
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My Mom was waiting 60 years for this book! 8 août 2004
Par A. KOLACZ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I lost six family members during Warsaw Uprising in 1944. One of them was my grandfather. My Mom was only 7 when he was brought home dead from the streets of Wola district. The horror of this event is still vivid in my Mom's memory, now 67. The Warsaw Uprising was forgotten not because was unimportant or of small value but because it needed to be forgotten by those that were ashamed of not coming to the rescue. The helplessness of the Western allies was as painful as the betrayal of the Soviet Army. The 60-year "silence" was finally broken with Norman Davies book. 'Rising'44' is probably the best if not only book that describes the forgotten holocaust of Polish martyrs. Thanks to Norman Davies' book let's hope that no one will ever confuse 1943 Ghetto Uprising with 1944 Warsaw Uprising.
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The best book on one of WW2's greatest tragedies 26 juillet 2004
Par Christopher Catherwood - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Britain went to war in 1939 in order to defend Poland and we, the Western Allies, ended up betraying the Poles first to Nazi rule and then for the next 44 years to that of the USSR. How that terrible tragedy and betrayal happened is brilliantly portrayed in this superb, easy to read and wonderfully well researched book. Christopher Catherwood, author of CHURCHILL'S FOLLY: HOW WINSTON CHURCHILL CREATED MODERN IRAQ (Carroll and Graf 2004)
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Interesting Perspective on Historiography of WWII 16 août 2004
Par W. J KUBIK - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding work of history. Davies rescues the Home Army from the shadow of the equally brave and desperate gamble of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

What makes this a must read is the focus on the dynamics of the Allied Coalition and inter- and intra-agency politics in Britain and the U.S. along side the decisions of the Polish Government-in-Exile and the Home Army's leaders. It is difficult to walk away with the interpretation that the Poles were unwarranted in initiating the Rising. It is also difficult not to condemn the Roosevelt Administration and the British Foreign Ministry for taking a short-sighted and overly benign view of Stalin and Soviet intentions and methods. It is up to an historian of the Pacific War to make the case for whether Soviet aid looked and was so essential to the defeat of Japan so as not to upset the Allied Coaliton by asserting the rights of Eastern European nations in the Red Army's path. I don't know that Davies' approach would have been possbile at a time when the West claimed ignorance of Stalin's methods and relegated the Poles to the role of romantic and ill-fated cavaliers.

Davies is also to be commended for putting the Rising is a larger context of Polish-Russian and Polish-Soviet relations. However, the book could have used a slightly fuller description of Poland's inter-war government as this government was likely to color Western perspectives on the London Exiles.

I found Davies' adaptations of Polish names and the use of pseudomyms helpful given the difficulties facing a native English speaker of approaching Polish. I know enough Polish not to find him doing the principals a disservice.

An eye-opening exercise is comparing coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Rising by the BBC with that of the New York Times or Washington Post. At least the BBC addresses the issue of whether the Western powers may have shared some culpability for the Rising's fate.
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The second Warsaw Uprising 4 juillet 2004
Par Frank J. Konopka - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
The author of this work is very correct: most people think that the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 was the one and only in that city. Of course, the rising in 1944 was of much more consequence to the history of Eastern Europe, even if both were tragedies. This extremely well-written book outlines the history both before, during and after the '44 rising, and the great detail shows that there was a deliberate ignoring of the plight of the Polish patriots by their Western allies, with a stalling on the part of the Soviets until the rising was crushed by the Nazis. There were many political reasons for why both East and West acted as they did in relation to Poland, but knowing that does not excuse what was done to a brave little country that had the guts to stand up to the Germans, when all about them were caving in to pressure. The Western betrayal is the same as we read in the other recent book about Polish fighters in the war "A Question of Honor", and the harsh glow of history shines on what was not done, and what might have been done. There are vignettes inserted into the book which go into more intimate detail of the many aspects of the rising, from the point of view of participants on all sides. My one quibble was that the author used nicknames and such, rather than the real Polish names of the participants. I can understand why he did that, because Polish names are not the easiest to read or pronounce, but having grown up and gone to school with my fellow second and third generation Polish friends, I can surely pronounce them, and would have liked to see them set out in full. That, of course, does not detract from the impact of this work, and the genuine admiration the author shows for Poland and its people. I am proud to be of 100% Polish descent, and books such as this only reinforce that pride!
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