DetailsThe bestselling author of Stalingrad and Berlin transports us to the Eastern Front, depicting as never before its crushing conditions and the lives and deaths of infantrymen, tank drivers, pilots, snipers and civilians alike. Antony Beevor's new book, A Writer at War, is based on the notebooks of Vasily Grossman - a writer and journalist posted to the Front, whose masterpiece Life and Fate is rated by many as the greatest Russian novel of the twentieth century. Grossman shows an uncomfortable honesty about the Red Army's failings, but he was also an idealist who believed that the Red Army would not just win the war, but that the victory would change Soviet society forever. A Jew himself, Grossman was one of the first journalists to enter the Treblinka death camp, and his report, The Hell of Treblinka, was used at the Nuremberg tribunal. This event features readings from Grossman's notebook and is chaired by Phillip Knightley, author of the seminal The First Casualty: War Correspondent as Hero and Myth-Maker.