Last Days of Hitler

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Late in 1945, Trevor-Roper was appointed by British Intelligence in Germany to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler's final days and to produce a definitive report on his death. The author, who had access to American counterintelligence files and to German prisoners, focuses on the last ten days of Hitler's life, April 20-29, 1945, in the underground bunker in Berlin—a bizarre and gripping episode punctuated by power play and competition among Hitler's potential successors.

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Overview


Late in 1945, Trevor-Roper was appointed by British Intelligence in Germany to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler's final days and to produce a definitive report on his death. The author, who had access to American counterintelligence files and to German prisoners, focuses on the last ten days of Hitler's life, April 20-29, 1945, in the underground bunker in Berlin—a bizarre and gripping episode punctuated by power play and competition among Hitler's potential successors.

"From exhaustive research [Trevor-Roper] has put together a carefully documented, irrefutable, and unforgettable reconstruction of the last days in April, 1945."—New Republic

"A book sound in its scholarship, brilliant in its presentation, a delight for historians and laymen alike."—A. J. P. Taylor, New Statesman

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Editorial Reviews

Times
A masterpiece.
Max Hastings
Brilliantly written and researched, it remains the most vivid account of the final Wagnerian chapter of Hitlers tyranny.
Booknews
**** Reprint of the 6th (Macmillan, London) edition of T-R's classic which is distinguished by inclusion in BCL3. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226812243
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 950,885
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author


Hugh Trevor-Roper is the author of Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans and Renaissance Essays, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Table of Contents


Preface to the Sixth Edition
Introduction to Third Edition
Preface to Fifth Edition
1. Hitler and his court
2. Hitler in defeat
3. The court in defeat
4. Crisis and decision
5. The siege of the Bunker
6. Et tu Brute
7. The death of Hitler
Epilogue
Note on sources
Appendices
Index
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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    Having read dozens of books about the 3rd reich, I consider this

    Having read dozens of books about the 3rd reich, I consider this the best single volume. It describes the chaos and the inefficiency resulting from various Nazis and military officials trying to curry favor with Hitler, and which Hitler encouraged. Ian Kershaw in his masterful biography writes about what he called "working toward the Fuhrer.". Mr. Trevor Roper saw this as well. What is so extraordinary is that he had such insight in 1947 and had only a fraction of the sources available to him that are available today. The book has stood the test of time. I cannot imagine anyone with interest in this subject not reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Last Days of Hitler

    An amazing book, very informative. Introduces each character left in the bunker and follows their actions to their death or escape. A great book for reasearch or enjoyment.

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