Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich

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There is nothing in recent history that comes close to the cataclysmic events of the spring of 1945. Never before has the defeat of a nation been accompanied by such monumental loss of life, such utter destruction. Author Joachim Fest shows that the devastation was the result of Hitler's determination to take the entire country down with him; he would make sure that his enemies would find only a wasteland, where once there was a thriving civilization.

Fest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war, from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, fought by boys and old men, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler's mental state--his utter disregard for the well being of both soldiers and civilians-- to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached Berlin. Inside Hitler's Bunker combines meticulous research with spellbinding storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were nothing less than the end of the world.

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"Remarkable...[a] vivid (and beautifully translated) account."--"Jerusalem Post
Fest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war, from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, fought by boys and old men, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler's mental state, to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached Berlin. "Inside Hitler's Bunker combines meticulous research with spellbinding storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were nothing less than the end of the world.
"A riveting book."--Henry A. Kissinger
"Fest's concise volume is clear -- indeed, even elegant -- in its style and keen in its observations."--"The Dallas Morning-News
"Fest brings a unique perspective to his subject, coupling objective narrative with a keen critical disdain for Hitler and his subordinates."--"The Roanoke Times
"A lifetime of reflection on the Nazi period is distilled in a short but diligently written and incisive book."--Michael Burleigh, author of" The Third Reich: A New History
Joachim Fest was born in Berlin in 1926. His previous books include "The Face of the Third Reich; "Hitler, his celebrated biography of Adolf Hitler; " Plotting Hitler's Death; and" Speer: The Final Verdict, for which he has won numerous awards. A film adaptation of" Inside Hitler's Bunker, entitled "The Downfall, has become a European blockbuster.

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Joachim Fest was born in Berlin in 1926. His previous books include The Face of the Third Reich; Hitler, his celebrated biography of Adolf Hitler; Plotting Hitler's Death; and Speer: The Final Verdict , for which he has won numerous awards.

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