The works published here were drawn from the National Library of Russia, the library of Moscow State University, and private collections. Together they form an intense image of how art inspired, warned, instructed, and mobilized people during the country's ordeal of invasion and partial occupation. The compiler outlines the ways in which graphic artists reacted to events on the front, shaped the behavior and mood in the rear, and warded off despair and panic with forecasts of ultimate victory. The style of the works themselves varies: some works contain vestiges of the experiments of the avant-garde; others embrace the vogue of socialist realism. The large format enables reader to feel the impact of the actual posters. -- Summary written by John W. Emerich, Bronze Horseman Literary Agency.