A “virtually faultless” account of the final weeks of World War II in the Pacific and the definitive history of the battle for Stalingrad together in one volume (The New York Times Book Review).
Author William Craig traveled to three different continents, reviewed thousands of documents, and interviewed hundreds of survivors to write these New York Times–bestselling histories, bringing the Eastern Front and the Pacific Theater of World War II to vivid life.
The Fall of Japan: From the ferocious fighting on Okinawa to the Tokyo bunker where tearful Japanese leaders first told the emperor the war was lost, Craig draws on Japanese and American perspectives to capture the pivotal events of the final weeks of the Pacific War with spellbinding authority.
Enemy at the Gates chronicles the bloodiest battle of the war and the beginning of the end for the Third Reich. The siege of Stalingrad lasted five months, one week, and three days. Nearly two million men and women died, and Hitler’s 6th Army was completely destroyed. Heralded by Cornelius Ryan as “the best single work on the epic battle of Stalingrad,” Enemy at the Gates was the inspiration for the 2001 film of the same name, starring Joseph Fiennes and Jude Law.
Praise for The Fall of Japan
“A dramatic and yet authentic evocation of an epic.” —The New York Times
“Vivid and tirelessly researched.” —The Observer
“Exceptional . . . History with narrative drive.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Praise for Enemy at the Gates
“An unforgettable and haunting reading experience.” —Cornelius Ryan, author of The Longest Day and A Bridge Too Far
“William Craig has written a classic account of the Stalingrad epic—here is the drama, the terror, the horror, and the heroism of the greatest military encounter of our time.” —Harrison E. Salisbury
“The cardinal feature of the book is the wealth of information derived from interviews, which gives the narrative the crispness of reality. . . . Cruel but compelling reading.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Craig’s extensive research and fresh interviews of surviving fighters and others authenticates the immediate, intimate circumstances of the battle. . . . A fine history.” —Kirkus Reviews
William Craig (1929–1997) was an American historian and novelist. Born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts, he interrupted his career as an advertising salesman to appear on the quiz show Tic-Tac-Dough in 1958. With his $42,000 in winnings—a record-breaking amount at the time—Craig enrolled at Columbia University and earned both an undergraduate and a master’s degree in history. He published his first book, The Fall of Japan, in 1967. A narrative history of the final weeks of World War II in the Pacific, it reached the top ten on the New York Times bestseller list and was deemed “virtually flawless” by the New York Times Book Review. In order to write Enemy at the Gates (1973), a documentary account of the Battle of Stalingrad, Craig travelled to three continents and interviewed hundreds of military and civilian survivors. A New York Times bestseller, the book inspired a film of the same name starring Jude Law and Joseph Fiennes. In addition to his histories of World War II, Craig wrote two acclaimed espionage thrillers: The Tashkent Crisis (1971) and The Strasbourg Legacy (1975).