The Last Battle: The Classic History of the Battle for Berlin

The Last Battle: The Classic History of the Battle for Berlin

by Cornelius Ryan
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The Last Battle: The Classic History of the Battle for Berlin by Cornelius Ryan

The classic account of the final offensive against Hitler's Third Reich -- newly in print for the 50th anniversary of VE Day.

The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater, the last offensive against Hitler's Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe's historic capitals and brought the Nazi leviathan to its downfall. It was also one of the war's bloodiest and most pivotal moments, whose outcome would play a part in determining the complexion of international politics for decades to come.

The Last Battle is the compelling account of this final battle, a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. As always, Ryan delves beneath the military and political forces that were dictating events to explore the more immediate questions of survival, where, as the author describes it, "to eat had become more important than to love, to burrow more dignified than to fight, to exist more militarily correct than to win."

The Last Battle is the story of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians, caught up in the despair, frustration, and terror of defeat. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals, and one of the enduring works on World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439127018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 02/16/2010
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 108,576
File size: 14 MB
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About the Author

Cornelius Ryan was born in 1920 in Dublin, Ireland, where he was raised. He became one of the preeminent war correspondents of his time, flying fourteen bombing missions with the Eighth and Ninth U.S. Air Forces and covering the D-Day landings and the advance of General Patton's Third Army across France and Germany. After the end of hostilities in Europe, he covered the Pacific War. In addition to his classic works The Longest Day, The Last Battle, and A Bridge Too Far, he is the author of numerous other books, which have appeared throughout the world in 19 languages. Awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1973, Mr. Ryan was hailed at that time by Malcolm Muggeridge as "perhaps the most brilliant reporter now alive." He died in 1976.

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MRansom More than 1 year ago
this was a book that was well researched. the author had great information from individuals who were both fighting in the battle for berlin and the civilians who were involved and affected by this last battle. the author kept you involved with the events leading up to the decision on who was going to make the final attack on the city and how the germans were going to defend the city with troops who hitler believed were there, but most of the troops he was bringing into the battle were merely on paper or were either young men or elderly. hitler knowing the war was lost really didnt care for the welfare of his peoploe and wanted to destroy them and the city and the entire country. you understand how people in the city felt and how some officers and officials would not follow hitler's orders for destroying factories, bridges and other facilities. this was an excellent book and ranks up there with the other war books by cornelius ryan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intimidating book. Could not have been easy to write, not with the dozens of people and thousands of details involved. An monumental popular history of the battle for Berlin at the end of World War 2. Mandatory for WW2 history buffs.
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ARISTO More than 1 year ago
great reporting