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Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich
     

Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich

by Joachim Fest
 

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ISBN-10: 0312423926

ISBN-13: 2900312423925

Pub. Date: 03/15/2005

Publisher: Picador

Inside Hitler's Bunker, by the preeminent historian Joachim Fest, is a searing portrayal of the last weeks of the Third Reich. Nothing in recent history comes close to the cataclysmic events that took place during the spring of 1945, when the fall of the Nazi regime was accompanied by destruction of unequaled magnitude. Fest, the author of a highly regarded biography

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Inside Hitler's Bunker, by the preeminent historian Joachim Fest, is a searing portrayal of the last weeks of the Third Reich. Nothing in recent history comes close to the cataclysmic events that took place during the spring of 1945, when the fall of the Nazi regime was accompanied by destruction of unequaled magnitude. Fest, the author of a highly regarded biography of Hitler, shows in chilling detail that the devastation was not only the result of Allied attacks but also of Hitler's determination to leave behind nothing but a wasteland. Utterly unconcerned about the fate of Berlin's civilian population or of his soldiers, Hitler ordered that water and sewage systems, power plants, factories, roads, and railway lines throughout Germany be destroyed; he commanded his dwindling armies, consisting largely of boys and old men, to fight on long after they had run out of ammunition and defeat had become a certainty. From the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler's mental state, to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached the bunker, Fest recounts these days in spellbinding prose, while exploring a question that's never been satisfactorily answered: Was Hitler's rise the inevitable outcome of German history, or was it a unique phenomenon? Inside Hitler's Bunker combines meticulous research with compelling storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were indeed nothing less than the end of the world.

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ISBN-13:
2900312423925
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
1The Battle Begins3
2Hitler in German History: Consistency or Catastrophe?33
3"The War Is Lost!"44
4Finis70
5Banquet of Death83
6The Will to Destroy123
7Capitulation135
8The End of a World165
Bibliography175
Index183

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