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His attention to emotional detail is what made his previous book Stalingrad such a magnificent work, combining a sweeping hisorical narrative with a remarkable sensitivity to human drama. Yet he also highlights the small details of ordinary people caught in the nightmare of history--the sick children evacuated at the last minute from a Potsdam hospital; the Soviet soldiers shaving themselves for the first time in weeks so that they would make appropriately presentable conquerors; and the Nazi Youth teenagers peddling their bikes in despairing, last-ditch attacks against the Red Army's tanks.
The story Beevor tells is an almost unremittingly terrible one--one of death, rape, hunger and human misery--but he tells it with both an epic sweep and an alertness to individuality. The result is a masterpiece of narrative history that is as powerful as Stalingrad. --Nick Rennison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When you read this you really feel for the people involved and what they endured a riveting readPublished 19 hours ago by Dave Haigh
Excellent - the book was as described and delivery was prompt. Would definitely buy from this seller again. Many thanks!Published 23 days ago by H. Morrey
All this author's books seem to me incredibly well researched and yet are immensely readable. I'm now on the next...Published 1 month ago by Jill W
Detailed and well reserched insight into the final days of the Allies rush to capture Nazi Berlin.Published 1 month ago by Mark Bason
I was born a few days before Adolf and Eva left us and this tied me into the story, but it isn't about me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DamonOsborne
Another great audiobook, brilliantly narrated by Tim Piggot-Smith. All of Anthony Beevor's history's are great reads.Published 3 months ago by badger39