The Last 100 Days: The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe

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A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’s personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici; from underground leaders to diplomats; from top Allied field commanders to ...
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Overview

A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’s personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici; from underground leaders to diplomats; from top Allied field commanders to brave young GIs. Toland adeptly weaves together these interviews using research from thousands of primary sources.

When it was first published, The Last 100 Days made history, revealing after-action reports, staff journals, and top-secret messages and personal documents previously unavailable to historians. Since that time, it has come to be regarded as one of the greatest historical narratives of the twentieth century.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Fascinating . . . The narrative shifts from scene to intimate scene of every conference room . . . from liberated camp to Hitler’s underground bunker, to GIs storming the railroad bridge across the Rhine. . . . Toland has woven the tapestry of history.” —Chicago Tribune

“A hundred stories fill out these hundred days—portraits, battle plans, ironies, feats of espionage, mass brutalities, insanity, diplomats, generals, soldiers, snipers, the cool and the fanatic. Hitler’s horoscope, what General Eisenhower was reading on the morning of surrender, Quisling’s final auto ride, orders,
counterorders, impatient statesmen, conflicting strategies, the stench of fire and death, telegrams to Moscow, plunging armies, straggling refugees. . . . In fascinating and exhaustively researched detail—it is all here!” —The New York Times

“Brilliant . . . The reader is in suspense throughout. . . . Each scene is played out close-up and point-blank, as if one were there, listening to the dialogue, counting the stakes, feeling the emotions of the principals.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812968590
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/27/2003
  • Series: Modern Library War Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 640
  • Sales rank: 351,091
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

John Toland (1912–2004) was an award-winning
American author and one of the most widely read military historians of the twentieth century. His most well-known work is perhaps The Rising Sun, winner of the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the first book in English to tell the story of the Pacific War from the Japanese perspective. Although primarily an author of historical nonfiction, Toland also wrote novels, plays,
and short stories. Among his published books were four New York Times bestsellers: But Not in Shame, The Last Hundred Days, Adolf Hitler, and Infamy.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note
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Pt. 1 The Great Offensive
1 Floodtide East 3
2 "Five Minutes Before Midnight" 26
3 "This May Well Be a Fateful Conference" 40
4 "Bread for Bread, Blood for Blood!" 66
5 "Judge Roosevelt Approves" 85
6 The Balkan Cockpit 117
7 Operation "Thunderclap" 130
8 War and Peace 150
Pt. 2 Drive from the West
9 "An Iron Curtain Will Go Down" 171
10 Ebb and Flow 182
11 "What If It Blows Up in My Face?" 193
12 "I Am Fighting for the Work of the Lord" 226
13 Operation "Sunrise" 238
14 The Shell House 248
15 Between Two Rivers 254
16 "We Have Had a Jolly Day" 270
17 Task Force Baum 285
18 Decision at Rheims 300
19 The Rose Pocket 320
Pt. 3 East Meets West
20 "O-5" 337
21 "Such Vile Misrepresentations" 356
22 Victory in the West 383
23 "On the Razor's Edge" 397
24 "The Fuhrer Is in a State of Collapse!" 421
25 "We Must Build a New World, a Far Better World" 443
Pt. 4 Wingless Victory
26 "Pheasant Hunt" 463
27 An "Italian Solution" 475
28 Death Comes to a Dictator 489
29 "The Chief Is Dead" 514
30 "And Now You Stab Us in the Back" 535
31 "The Iron Curtain in the East Moves Closer and Closer" 543
32 Beginning of a Long Surrender 555
33 "The Flags of Freedom Fly All Over Europe" 570
Acknowledgments 591
Notes 595
Index 611
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