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Five Days that Shocked the World - Eye Witness Accounts of the Final Days of World War II (General Military) Kindle Edition
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Nicholas Best superbly shows the human face of all those old newsreels. How accurate is it? I have no way of telling, but the book achieves its aim of looking at the closing days of WWII from a different perspective.
There are poignant, dramatic, and thrilling episodes featuring the finest and most contemptible examples of humankind. One expects horror stories of the Nazis, but Best doesn't shy away from dubious acts of the Allies either.
He links the horrific experience to those of us who are fortunate enought to have benefitted from the sacrifices our forebears made by including such familiar cultural icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Marlene Deitrich and Joseph Heller.
He reminds us that almost the entire world was holding it's breath while the most aggressive war machine ever devised was breathing its last.
One can almost taste the dust of crumbling Berlin.
Read This Book.
It is sprinkled with well known names, people who were 'important' at the time and those who be came well known after the war.
I would have liked more, with more memories from ordinary men and women. Can't really complain, 320 fascinating pages for a pound is very good value.
One small criticism is that near the end of the book there are so many stories happening simultaneously, and the author jumps from story to story, that it is easy to get confused.
Best draws heavily on Traudl Junge's remarkable and courageous autobiography "Until the Final Hour" for the account of events in Hitler's bunker. Junge's story deserves to be more widely known.
If you know nothing about WWII this is as good a place to start as any.
Well worth reading, I will probably read it again at some point.
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Well researched, well written with great structure. Offering some new insights, particularly around the last days in Berlin, from those who lived it.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent account of the last five days of the war in Europe. I am not sure how much new material is in the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Rogers
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