Berlin at War

  • by Roger Moorhouse
  • Narrated by Derek Perkins
  • 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Berlin at War, acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse provides a magnificent and detailed portrait of everyday life at the epicenter of the Third Reich.
Berlin was the stage upon which the rise and fall of the Third Reich was most visibly played out. It was the backdrop for the most lavish Nazi ceremonies, the site of Albert Speer's grandiose plans for a new "world metropolis", and the scene of the final climactic battle to defeat Nazism. Berlin was the place where Hitler's empire ultimately met its end, but it suffered mightily through the war as well. Not only was the city subjected to the full wrath of the Soviet ground offensive and siege in 1945, but it also found itself a prime target for the air war, attracting more raids, more aircraft, and more tonnage than any other German city.
In Berlin at War, acclaimed historian Roger Moorhouse provides a magnificent and detailed portrait of everyday life at the epicenter of the Third Reich.
Berlin was the stage upon which the rise and fall of the Third Reich was most visibly played out. It was the backdrop for the most lavish Nazi ceremonies, the site of Albert Speer's grandiose plans for a new "world metropolis", and the scene of the final climactic battle to defeat Nazism. Berlin was the place where Hitler's empire ultimately met its end, but it suffered mightily through the war as well. Not only was the city subjected to the full wrath of the Soviet ground offensive and siege in 1945, but it also found itself a prime target for the air war, attracting more raids, more aircraft, and more tonnage than any other German city.
Combining groundbreaking research with a gripping narrative, Moorhouse brings all of the complexity and chaos of wartime Berlin to life. Berlin at War is the incredible story of the city - and people - that saw the whole of this epic conflict, from start to finish.

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A Surprisingly Nuanced History of Nazi Germany

Tells the little discussed history of dissent, dissatisfaction and complicity of civilians in Germany during the Nazi era. Extensive use of diaries, letters and first person interviews. The author has a strong command of the subject. This is a must read for students of World War II history.
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- Raymond F. Hamel, Jr

A extremely well researched book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. It demonstrates how Berliners went about their lives before and during the war. I found myself often wondering, many times really throughout the book given a situation such as having no running water, or heat on a daily basis, how I could or might not have coped.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The citizens throughout the book make up the entire book.


What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

Derek Perkins is one of my favorite readers and did a wonderful job in narration. Throughout the book, he often would read a particular piece in German, and almost flawless I might add, then translate it into English.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me thankful for what I have today. I have never really had to do without. It made me think. That is for certain.


Any additional comments?

Being Dutch, (born in the Hague) I can relate in some parts of the book how similar in certain areas, the Dutch and German ways of life in the city, transportation (trains-trams-buses) as well as horse and wagon. Milk delivery, tobacco stores and so on.

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- Judy L. Knaapen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio