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The Fall of Berlin [Hardcover]

Anthony; Fisher, David Read
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  • Hardcover: 513 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712657975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712657976
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,881,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Covers the build up to war and the experiences of Berliners through out the war until the end. Lots of personal detail and record. Harrowing and good to get the experiences of the civilians of the "other" side!Softback, intact and clean and undamaged.

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IT WAS an extraordinary sight-General Hermann Goring, prime minister of Prussia, president of the German Reichstag, minister for air, commander-in -chief of the Luftwaffe, creature of the Gestapo and second only to Hitler himself in the Nazi hierarchy, sitting 'wreatched in smiles and orders and decorations' astride a carousel horse in a Tyrolean-style carnival. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This is a book that has been in print for over 10 years now, but given the recent spate of books on the subject, deserves a further visit. This book is not about war, nor is it a "war book". It is a book about the citizens and city of Berlin as a climax to the apocalypse that ended with its almost total destruction.
The book takes the reader from the rise to power of the Nazis in 1933 up to the death of Hitler and the surrender of the city in 1945. It tells the story through the eyes and experiences of the inhabitants, defenders, attackers and the national leaders. Unlike a number of books currently in print on this subject, you do not end up thinking of the German army as the good guys, and the Soviets as the bad guys. The overriding impression that is formed, is that at this late stage in the war, the Nazis were the enemy, the Red army was the good guys: and the ordinary Germans, soldier and civilian were the victims.
The style is that of adventure novel, in spite of the 460+ pages it moves at a compelling pace and attention is maintained by the easy style of writing. It does not over sensationalise any one particular aspect but gives a balanced view of events and experiences of the people of Berlin. There is a good selection of maps and of photos that are not the usual run of the mill. The book has comprehensive bibliography, source notes and index.
If you want a book to read as an introduction to the subject, or enjoy reading social history, then I have no hesitation in recommending this one. It is also the first book I have ever read for a second time. As it is a mature publication, it is also excellent value for money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book 6 May 2006
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If you have read Anthony Beevor's book Berlin: The Downfall 1945, you will have read everything on the final assault of the Soviet army on Berlin. Read and Fisher also cover this part of Berlin's history quite thoroughly, yet theirs is a more complete story. It almost read like a Berlin biography. They cover the story of Berlin from Hitler's rise to power in January 1933 right to the very end in May 1945. But the real marvel of the book lies in the authors' documentary of how the civilian population lived with and through this ordeal. Their stories string the narrative together and even though the war is at the center of everything, flashbacks to the happier times of the Nazi regime give you a good glimpse of what life must have been really like. This is an excellent book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is a book that has been in print for over 10 years now, but given the recent spate of books on the subject, deserves a further visit. This book is not about war, nor is it a "war book". It is a book about the citizens and city of Berlin and the apocalyptic climax to the war that ended with its almost total destruction.

The book takes the reader from the rise to power of the Nazis in 1933 up to the death of Hitler and the surrender of the city in 1945. It tells the story through the eyes and experiences of the inhabitants, defenders, attackers and the national leaders. Unlike a number of books currently in print on this subject, you do not end up thinking of the German army as the good guys, and the Soviets as the bad guys. The overriding impression that is formed, is that at this late stage in the war, the Nazis were the enemy, the Red army was the good guys: and the ordinary Germans, soldier and civilian were the victims.

The style is that of adventure novel, in spite of the 460+ pages it moves at a compelling pace and attention is maintained by the easy style of writing. It does not over sensationalise any one particular aspect but gives a balanced view of events and experiences of the people of Berlin. There is a good selection of maps and of photos that are not the usual run of the mill. The book has comprehensive bibliography, source notes and index.

If you want a book to read as an introduction to the subject, or enjoy reading social history, then I have no hesitation in recommending this one. It is also the first book I have ever read for a second time.
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The authors went to great lenghts to include German civilian accounts and soviet common soldier accounts, as well as the now oft referred to grist from the mills of the principals. When read in conjunction with O'Donnell's seminal work, The Bunker, the reader will know much of what is worth knowing about this event
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