The Fall of Berlin, 1945 Hardcover – 25 Apr 2002
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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.
'Fascinating, extraordinary, gripping' Jeremy Paxman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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on 26 May 2014
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I feel I cannot give five stars to this book because I cannot say 'I love it', such is the subject matter. But, like Stalingrad, it is extremely interesting and horrifying. Man, if all history books were like this.
on 13 November 2017
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Well written history of the last moments of the Third Reich. An interesting look into the viewpoints of German and Russiansoldiers and civilians.
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The definitive history of the downfall of the Nazi regime and Berlin The book is well written and very shocking with the descriptions of war and pulls no punches The Russians...Read more
A good account of one of the most significant events in modern history. However not the compelling read that I hoped for, the extensive research undertaken is evident but often...Read more
I enjoyed the book but,at times I found it hard to establish wether the soldiers mentioned (especially the officers) were Russian or German.Read more
Having read other wonderful books about the 2nd world war by Beevor, I have this particular book to be something of a disappointment.Read more