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Last Days of Hitler [Hardcover]

Hugh Trevor-Roper , Roper
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28 Nov 1995
In September 1945 the circumstances surrounding Hitler's death were dark and mysterious. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of uncovering the last few weeks of Hitler's life. His brilliant piece of detective work proved finally that Hitler had killed himself and also tells the story of the last days of the Thousand Year Reich in the Berlin Bunker.

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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd (28 Nov 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333662911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333662915
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,280,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hugh Trevor-Roper is the author of "Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans" and "Renaissance Essays," both published by the University of Chicago Press. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NOW THAT the New Order is past, and the Thousand-Year Reich has crumbled in a decade, we are able at last, picking among the still rubble, to discover the truth about that fantastic and tragical episode. Read the first page
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Hugh Trevor-Roper's credentials for writing this book are impeccable: the secret service officer who wrote the definitive account of Hitler's death at the end of 1945 for the Allies; later, Professor of History at Oxford; then ennobled and decorated for his work. And the reader is not let down by his greatness, for this book is remarkable and illuminating, shedding a clear and steady light on what happened in the paranoid and delusional end times of the Nazi regime.
The book is a quick read - only 220 pages from start to the end of the epilogue - but almost the most enjoyable bits are the prologues which have gradually built up through the many editions of this book. It can be annoying if you read the book through from the first page to the last, as much of what is in the prologue draws its significance from what follows in the main text, but the fifty page introduction to the third edition is invaluable as it explains the fate of Martin Bormann. But it is well worth the perservance and the reader is richly rewarded for making his/her way through the text.
One criticism: Trevor-Roper suffers from a touch of academic smugness. He is keen to point out that his book has now been in print for fifty-five years and that the substantial new disclosures made in the mid-fifties only served to confirm his version of the truth. He is quick to rubbish his opponents and those who don't agree with his conclusions and can seem heavy-handed and judgemental on the eyewitnesses' recall of facts (especially in his tersely worded footnotes). But in the context of his writing and evident ability, he can perhaps be forgiven this: his book was written, as he tells us, to forestall the development of a Hitler Myth.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HItler's last days in astonishing detail 7 Aug 2002
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This as an astonishing book, written by the British Army officer who worked out the truth about what happened to Hitler. It covers the immediate circle around Hitler and paints a vivid picture of the factional infighting of the last year of so of Nazi Germany.
Trevor-Roper paints a remarkable picture of Hitler's life in the bunker, surrounded by a bizarre cast of characters such as fawning generals, quack doctors, loyal retainers and the very sinister Martin Bormann. However the most vivid character is Armaments minister Albert Speer whose inner confusion and refusal to destroy the Germany that Hitler now despised dominates most of the book.
This is first class history, packed with eyewitness accounts (including proof that Bormann died not far from the bunker - forget all those theories about him escaping to Brazil) and explanations of what motivated the people involved and why they acted as they did.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 11 Oct 2000
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Mr. Trevor-Roper not only gives a detailed account of the last days of Hitler but makes an ursurpassed description of the intrigues, the characters, the ambitions, the fears of the main personalities of nazi Germany. The statements he makes in the book, years later confirmed when new evidence was made available bear witness to his great powers of deduction and research. The reading is enthralling and absorving. After finishing the book one has the feeling of returning from a trip to the darkest depths of human nature.
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The fact that it was originally written in 1947 doesn't date this book at all, though the author's introduction to this 1997 edition does provide both a valuable update and a worthwhile reflection on the events recorded in the original text.
The author, Hugh Trevor-Roper, was the British intelligence officer who was sent to Berlin in June 1945 to investigate the disappearance of Hitler. I guess intelligence officers really were intelligent in those days because the book is brilliant, and every bit as exciting as a good detective story. In fact, if one could forget the awfulness of the Nazi system and the ghastliness of the characters that ran it, the book would pass as rather a good comedy thriller. One of its more delightful features is the way the author treats most of Hitler's minions (with the notable exception of Albert Speer who seemed to have retained his humanity and his intelligence) as a bunch of self-seeking but credulous and blindly stupid idiots, which I guess most of them were; it is quite refreshing to see such ghastly historical figures exposed so ignominiously.
Besides being a very good read in itself, this short text is more than simply a story of the last few days of Hitler. It provides an excellent summation of one of the most dismal regimes of human history.
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This small book (and an interesting one at that) deals with two things. The first is Trevor-Roper's naturalistic account, who discusses for the first half of the book how the Nazi regime came to power, and it looks at the various personalities of people within the Third Reich, such as Adolf Hitler himself, Heinrich Himmler and Albert Speer. The second half is an intimate account of the last ten days of Hitler, beginning with his fifty-sixth birthday in an underground bunker below the ruins of the Reich Chancellery. Here we see the Fuehrer's birthday reception, his rejection of Goering and Himmler, his last testament, his marriage to Eva Braun, and his suicide and cremation. The book is a terrific source for anyone who wants insight into the fall of the Third Reich, which survived the death of its founder by just one week. This refers to the original edition of H. R. Trevor-Roper's "The Last Days of Hitler," published by Macmillan in 1947: the original edition I was happy to find. Read it and above all, enjoy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Days of Hitler-Trevor Roper
A seminal work by this interesting historian. He presents the last days based upon empirical evidence and interviews with people who knew Hitler and had worked with him and were... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. R. J. Castell
5.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary account of this period.
Very accurate description of the confusion in Berlin during April/May 1945. Interesting insight into the thinking and mentality of the leading members of the Nazi Party.
Published 3 months ago by Julian Luxton
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening, well researched.
No stone was left unturned to compile this informative account of the last few days of Hitler's life. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cooldrummer
4.0 out of 5 stars The account of a tyrants last few weeks.
I am interested in the second world war and even though I have many books on the subject including a few on Hitler's last days in his bunker, I found this book educational and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by John The Doc
5.0 out of 5 stars Hitler's demise
An old subject, and old publication, but liked it especially for the details of the way all statements were cross checked to verify everything was true or not
Published 16 months ago by phesonivlek
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly informative and well written too
A very worthwhile read, for anyone interested in what really happened.

I was prompted to read this after Colin Forbes' fictional account "The Leader and The Damned". Read more
Published 22 months ago by Nothern Climes
5.0 out of 5 stars An historical scoop that stands the test of time
This is a remarkable piece of work. Unfortunately, Trevor-Roper was a lazy writer and refused to rewrite the work as new information came in. Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by Roger Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
Doubtless later writers will have had access to archives, witnesses etc, but I have read no other historian who can match Trevor-Roper for the sheer beauty of his writing style. Read more
Published on 25 May 2009 by Phil
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