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Five Days that Shocked the World - Eye Witness Accounts of the Final Days of World War II (General Military) by [Best, Nicholas]
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A gripping account of the last days of World War II... The book provides a clear picture of the immensely varied events most tragic and horrifying, some poignant and hopeful that rolled out as that most awful of wars finally come to an end in Europe. It reads like a thriller, informs like a scholar, and is not be missed. --Randall Hansen, author of Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Britain

UK praise for Five Days that shocked the World:

'Riveting' - Daily Mail

'Fascinating' - The Times

North American praise:

'Outstanding' - Midwest Book Review

'Utterly absorbing' - Macleans

This is an utterly compelling book and an addictive read and I thoroughly recommend it. --Historyofwar.org

Book Description

A unique snapshot of European and world history at the most significant crossroads in world history told through eyewitness accounts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 552 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1782006249
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007EP3PD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,742 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Being interested in WWII history anyway, I had expected to enjoy the book, but it surpassed my expectations. I found it utterly engrossing.
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.
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I found this book fascinating, particularly the sections about the utter, surreal madness in Berlin as the end approached.
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.
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I read this book immediately after Eva Braun: A Life with Hitler and I really enjoyed it. It tells the story of the 5 days at the end of WWII that saw the deaths of Mussolini and Hitler and the surrender of Nazi forces in Europe. The story is told through accounts of people who experienced the events, some later famous (Sophia Loren and Spike Milligan for example).
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.
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I thought I was pretty knowledgeable about WWII but Nicholas Best has succeeded in putting together a riveting page turner from eye witness accounts across Europe of the week Hitler died. Including accounts from the (later)famous , the infamous, and the ordinary individual who happened to be present at the unfolding of history - their stories are here. For readers who are not familiar with some of the more famous eye-witness voices I hope the book will inspire them to look them up.
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.
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This was a very compelling book of "can't put down" status. The narrative tells the story of the end of ww2 through the eyes of those who witnessed it. For me it illustrated that however we dress great conflicts p, there are always human beings that, cause, change and are effected by the pointlessness of war.
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I really enjoyed this book. I came across it in some kind of sale, by chance, and was hooked by the title and the premise. It's well-executed if you will pardon the unintentional pun. It's a strangely personal, intimate account of the end of the second world war - you will never have looked at it in quite this way, in quite this light. It humanises what can seem like 2D, factual history lesson material. There is no bias here in terms of the way the different countries and alliances are portrayed - all have their moments of despicable behaviour and all have redeeming, human moments too. A really unusual and original way to view a series of historical events that most know well from school. I wished it was longer.
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Really interesting to see things from a different perspective. You usually get historical writers view points, this time its ordinary people sharing their memories. Some of the stories are harrowing. A lot of new information for me and not very pleasant some of it - but that's why war is to be avoided. No point moralizing its all been said before, but everyone should take note that atrocities are not only performed by the losers ( those who don't end up writing the history).
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I found this book so interesting. From the celebrities that were included, to the ordinary people who played their part, it was fascinating. My father-in-law was one of the troops liberating Belson and my mother was in France 2 weeks before the end of the war, and having heard so many stories about the war, this book just added an extra dimension to everything. What I liked the most was the fact that all the events were drawn together in a very human way by all the different stories, and it brought home just how awful the war was.

Well worth reading, I will probably read it again at some point.
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