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Berlin: The Downfall 1945 Paperback – 27 Sep 2007

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Open market ed edition (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141017473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141017471
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 3.5 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (244 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,429,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Military history, even at its best, can be a cold art. It's easy to lose sight of the fact that wars involve individuals, each with their own hopes, fears and desires. Berlin: the Downfall, 1945, is Antony Beevor's account of the bloody Götterdämmerung that brought the Second World War in Europe to an end, and in which he has fused the large and the small scale effects of war. Beevor paints the broad picture of Marshals Zhukov and Konev, competing for glory and Stalin's attention, as they race their armies towards Berlin. He gives the reader a gripping account of the brutal street-by-street fighting in the German capital and provides an unforgettable portrait of the last, insane days of Hitler and his entourage in the bunker.

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.

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Fascinating, extraordinary, gripping (Jeremy Paxman)

This brilliant storyteller makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own. It is much more than just a humane account; it is compellingly readable, deeply researched, and beautifully written (Simon Sebag Montefiore Spectator) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A superb book. Well presented and thought out but very pro German.
Beevor found the real reason behind the massive Soviet invasion -
of the German secret atom bomb programme. I was disappointed that he did not acknowledge the suffering of the
Soviet people during the invasion. Still a good read
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I had read Stalingrad and was not sure that Berlin could be as gripping a story - the result of the fighting was a forgone conclusion. But its not the description of the progress of the war that really makes this book. Its the individual stories that make this book a 'must read'
What I also did not realise was the reason why the last months of the war ended as they did - ferocious defense by the Germans in the East and rolling over in the West - and the ulterior motives behind the Allies behaviour. If you read Stalingrad in conjunction with Berlin you begin to see that the Russians felt almost justified in their actions. But its the last few pages that are the classic twist in the tail - I won't spoil it but the German Army attitude to the events of the war is stunning. If you think history is a dry affair then read this and get a fresh perspective.
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And I thought Stalingrad was heavy, but this really was a read and a half. Beevor is just so forensic & brilliant in putting you there in the thick of it, I'll go on and read his other titles over the course of the next few years. Read it if you want to really know what happened.
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An excellent exposition of the period: made that much more interesting by the anecdotal evidence provided in its quotations from 'ordinary' people.

The analysis of the "rape on an industrial scale of German women" by the Russians was particularly illuminating.
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Beevor captures the intimate details and subtext as no other historian can. Through intimate research and his discerning eye, the resulting text is one that all who seek credibility on the subject must read.
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Exceptionally detailed yet fast-paced and interesting.

From the macro to the micro this book firmly plants you in the collapse of the Third Reich
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Sorry cannot give a proper review, it was a gift for a friend and apart from the usual "Thank you for my present" have heard nothing further.
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I think antony beaver is a brilliant writer and I read and enjoy is books as much as I love apple pie and custard......
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