Moscow War Diary (in 1942) -- Leningrad (in 1944) established Werth, himself half-Russian, as one of the liveliest journalists writing on the subject of Russia today. Now comes a third panel in his view of Russia at war, a close-up, very personal record of ""The Year of Stalingrad"" -- a year which saw the war at a turning point, with the Soviet bearing the brunt, with supplies only trickling through, with a last ditch stand psychology made imperative by conditions. Much of the time he was in Moscow, and one shares with him a sense of what life was like there- the shifts in the propaganda front, the news coming through, the background of life going on in a partially deserted city. Then the two trips, first-before the German defeat at Stalingrad, a trip to the area, where he- and Edgar Snow- had a chance to talk with the people and the men of the army, and to see for themselves the ravages of war; second the trip inside Stalingrad, after it was liberated- the first city to be actually destroyed. A book for the long range interest; its immediate value may not be apparent today.