The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

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Penguin, 2012 M08 28 - 608 pages
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From the author of To Hell and Back, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost the Second World War, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital questions of how and why the Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Drawing on prodigious new research, Ian Kershaw, an award-winning historian and the author of Fateful Choices, explores these fascinating questions in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the death of Adolf Hitler and the German capitulation in 1945. The End paints a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps.
 

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User Review  - Schmerguls - LibraryThing

I read Kershaw's two-volume biography of Hitler in 2001 and his Fateful Choices on 23 Oct 2007. So I was eager to read this book. It is largely based on German material and records, and sets out in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Speesh - LibraryThing

From the cover: "What made Germany keep fighting to the death, even when it was clear it would lose the Second World War?" In his magnificent, awe-inspiring book 'The End', Ian Kershaw sets out to ... Read full review

Contents

Shock to the System
17
Collapse in the West
54
Foretaste of Horror
92
Hopes Raised and Dashed
129
Calamity in the East
167
Terror Comes Home
207
Crumbling Foundations
247
Implosion
293
Liquidation
348
Anatomy of SelfDestruction
386
Notes
401
List of Archival Sources Cited
509
Index
533
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Ian Kershaw, author of To Hell and Back, The End, Fateful Choices, and Making Friends with Hitler, is a British historian of twentieth-century Germany noted for his monumental biographies of Adolf Hitler. In 2002, he received his knighthood for services to history. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung in Bonn, Germany. His newest book, Personality and Power, will be published in November, 2022.

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