Not too many times does a book leave me speechless, but this one has. Before reading this book, the image of World War II always was of Nazis, consentration camps and Pearl Harbor. I'm sure in my studies of history the war on the Russian front recieved a few paragraphs but nothing as powerful as this book. After reading this book I am grateful to the eye opening it has enabled me to have. To say that the war was horrible is a complete understatement. I am so thankful that there are books like this out there that keep the "story" alive. Now this is a "shades of gray" book that I can recommend and give 5 stars to.