With the world at war, 10 days can feel like a lifetime....
On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin. But victory over the Nazi regime was not celebrated in Western Europe until May 8 and in Russia a day later, on the ninth. Why did a peace agreement take so much time? How did this brutal, protracted conflict coalesce into its unlikely endgame?
After Hitler shines a light on 10 fascinating days after that infamous suicide that changed the course of the 20th century. Combining exhaustive research with masterfully paced storytelling, Michael Jones recounts the Fuhrer's frantic last stand; the devious maneuverings of his handpicked successor, Karl Donitz; the grudging respect Joseph Stalin had for Churchill and FDR as well as his distrust of Harry Truman; the bold negotiating by General Dwight D. Eisenhower that hastened Germany's surrender but drew the ire of the Kremlin; the journalist who almost scuttled the cease-fire; and the thousands of ordinary British, American, and Russian soldiers caught in the swells of history, from the Red Army's march on Berlin to the liberation of the Nazis' remaining concentration camps. Through it all, Jones traces the shifting loyalties between East and West that sowed the seeds of the Cold War and nearly unraveled the Grand Alliance. In this gripping, eloquent, and even-handed narrative, the spring of 1945 comes alive - a fascinating time when nothing was certain, and every second mattered....
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The slow end to World War II in Europe
- Mike From Mesa "MikeFromMesa"
Great Book Providing Many Unknown Facts
It was a very easy listen and best of all had many personal stories that you rarely hear about at the end of WWII. For instance, I never had any idea who the last battle death in WWII was, the details of the Free Russian Independence Army and many other great tidbits that are in this book. In short, it is very little on Hitler and quite a bit on the intricate details of those last ten days.
As I stated above, the little things that to me are so important. Explaining how the last American battle death occurred just showed how war, while necessary at times, is such a waste of human life.
Just very well written and the research was obviously very thorough.
I would have liked further answers such as the fate of many of the Russian soldiers but that is obviously not very easy to find out. In short, if you are interested in WWII than this will be a great read as it explores details of this particular point in time that at least I had no knowledge of going into the reading of this book.
- Greg ORiordan