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The Last 100 Days by John Toland

The Last 100 Days

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    Last Days of the Reich: The Collapse of Nazi Germany, May 1945 by James Lucas (aulsmith)
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    When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: If you find yourself wondering why the Nazis in the bunker were acting so strangely, this book will help explain at lot of their behavior.

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Toland is an excellent writer who uses people on the scene to personalize what would otherwise be mundane details or lists. I was more interested in what was going on with the Nazis than I was in the allied advances, but Toland would catch me up in some event and I'd find myself reading hundreds of pages I hadn't intended to. This book covers not only the military history, but also diplomatic history, the political problems of Roosevelt's illness and death, and the personal histories of prisoners of war and refugees. I can highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the details of the end of World War II or who wants a better appreciation of how the Cold War got started. ( )
  aulsmith | Apr 2, 2014 |
Even after surviving D-Day, Market-Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge achieving victory in Europe in WWII was far from a simple, straightforward task. While Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin were clearly on their way to victory, finishing off the war and convincing Hitler he had lost was another task entirely. This book covers everything from the Yalta conference to the signing of the surrender documents. In between those events Stalin was maneuvering to get as many countries under the umbrella of communism as he could while Hitler was irrationally insisting victory was still possible. The Germans were terrified of the Russians and were desperately trying to surrender to the Americans. The Russians were exacting horrible revenge on the Germans as they marched to Berlin. Some of Hitler's men were trying to work backroom deals to surrender and escape the sinking ship while others were showing unvarying allegiance. Roosevelt died of a stroke and Truman took up the reigns midstream. Mussolini was captured and killed by Partisans and Hitler killed himself in his bunker. Even though the Germans unconditionally surrendered the Americans still had to deal with Japan and it was clear that the seeds of the Cold War had already been planted. Well-written and well-paced, this book does a great job of laying out the events of the closing chapters of the war in Europe. ( )
  DrBrewhaha | Feb 8, 2013 |
An excellent account of the end of the Nazi regime. ( )
  Borg-mx5 | Apr 15, 2010 |
This book is a good account of the close of the war in Europe, seen from numerous perspectives. Toland interviewed people at all levels and from all combatants. The pace of the book is good and gives a pretty balanced look at what was occurring. Strongly recomended reading. ( )
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In de morgen van de 27e januari 1945 heerste er een grote onrust onder de 10.000 bewoners van Stalag Luft III, een krijgsgevangenenkamp voor de luchtmacht in Sagan, dat op een afstand van nog geen 160 km ten zuidoosten van Berlijn lag.
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A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’s personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici; from underground leaders to diplomats; from top Allied field commanders to brave young GIs. Toland adeptly weaves together these interviews using research from thousands of primary sources.

When it was first published, The Last 100 Days made history, revealing after-action reports, staff journals, and top-secret messages and personal documents previously unavailable to historians. Since that time, it has come to be regarded as one of the greatest historical narratives of the twentieth century.

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