James P. O'Donnell served as a captain in the Signal Corps in Europe during World War II and in 1945 became the first bureau chief for Newsweek in Germany. His writing appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and the Washington Post. He died in 1990.
Bunkerby James P. O'donnell
Here is an unforgettable, graphic account of the final days in the Führer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin as World War II in Europe drew to a close. From James P. O'Donnell's interviews with fifty eyewitnesses to the madness and carnageeveryone from Albert Speer to generals, staff officers, doctors, Hitler's personal pilot,
Here is an unforgettable, graphic account of the final days in the Führer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin as World War II in Europe drew to a close. From James P. O'Donnell's interviews with fifty eyewitnesses to the madness and carnageeveryone from Albert Speer to generals, staff officers, doctors, Hitler's personal pilot, telephone operators, and secretariesemerges an account that historian Theodore H. White has hailed as "superb . . . quite simply the most accurate and terrifying account of the nightmare and its end I have ever read."
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This is a very interesting book! I've always wondered what it was like to witness Hitler's last days. I didn't know before I read this book that Hitler wasn't the only one to commit sucide before the Russians invaded Berlin. It was especially heartbreaking to read about Hitler making someone kill his own dog and Mrs. Gobbells poisoning her own children. This book shows you how evil Hitler really was and how he influenced others to be evil also. The detail in this book is so excellent that on the part where it talks about the staff going into the room where Hitler and his mistress commited sucide I felt like I was actually there witnessing it. This is a very easy book to read and it is very hard to put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the last days of the Third Reich!
This book is a great source for those interested in the final acts of the greatest tyrant the world has ever seen. O'Donnell has spoken with many witnesses who were there in the last days, and they provide not only historical insight into the events, but also the physical demise of Hitler. The truth may never be known but with these people this is the closest we will ever come. An entire chapter is spent on the demise of Hermann Fegelein, SS General and brother-in-law of Eva Braun. Was Fegelein sleeping with the leak that obsessed Hitler? O'Donnell's amazing research seems to point to that. It's amazing how Braun got married only hours after her brother-in-law's execution, and didn't shed tears for him. A great read and informative. I wonder if any of these witnesses are left alive now for they have been a part in one of the most important historical stories of the century just past.
In this book the auther James O'Donnell talked to men and women who were in the bunker with Hitler in those last days. I enjoyed how O'Donnell would start a new paragraph where one character left the bunker for good a new character picked up almost right where the other left off. I also enjoyed how O'Donnell plays a Sherlock Homes trying to fit pieces of a puzzle together like as to who a Mystery Women may have been and what may have happened to Eva's brother-in -law. This book makes you want to learn more about some of these people.