From the pomp and glitter of the 1936 Olympics to the apocalyptic battle to capture the ruined capital of the Nazi Empire, The Fall of Berlin presents a kaleidoscopic portrait of one of the world's greatest cities caught between the lunacy and cruelty of its leaders and the brutal determination of encircling Soviet armies.The authors have delved into archival research, diaries, and memoirs, and conducted numerous interviews to recreate through brilliantly detailed vignettes the story of Berlin and its resilient inhabitants: the soldiers and ordinary citizens pounded by Allied bombing but maintaining their gallows humor; the endless procession of refugees; the 5,000 Jews who foiled the Nazi's rabid attempt to "purify" the capital; people like Dietrich Bonhoeffer who gave their lives in heroic anti-Nazi resistance while film stars and the well-connected lived in precarious luxury; the Third Reich's leaders jockeying for power in Hitler's underground bunker even as a ragged army of children, invalids, and old men confronted Soviet tanks in the rubble above; and of course, Hitler himself, trapped beneath a city he hated, waiting for the miracle promised him in horoscope readings. Not since Is Paris Burning? has a book so vividly evoked the daily struggle for survival and dignity in the nightmarish center of total war.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Anthony Read is the author of many books, most recently The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle. He lives in England.
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The Fall of Berlin based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Excellent book on the subject of the final days in both Berlin and inside Hitler's Bunker. Does a superb job of covering the Russian Gereral's decisions as well as their dealings with Stalin. highly recommended WW2 title.
The authors present accounts of the Fall of Berlin from the perspectives of the Nazi military, The Western Allies, The Red Army, and German civilians. Their Red Army account gives an interesting description of the race between Zhukov and Konev to reach the Capital. The German military effort is recounted with emphasis on how the personalities behaved as Nazism crumbled. Civilian survivor accounts, so seldom given within the context of other histories. describe the plight of the million plus refugees that were stuck in Berlin during its fall.