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Eisenhower went on to become President of the United States, while Zhukov was persecuted and languished under house arrest until his death, a victim of Stalin’s paranoia and jealousy. In any case, Paris After the Liberation was the most enjoyable book possible to research and write.

Penguin October 4, Publication Date: But it can be read like a novel, just like Jonathan presumed. Beevor is as interested with the people hiding in the cellars, just as much as he is with the ones hiding in the bunkers.

Unputdownable is an invented word seldom used to describe history books, but it’s a fitting adjective for Beevor’s output. The author misses no chance to call on Russians for committing atrocities; however, perhaps they should be put in international context although quid pro quo is no excuse, as decided later, during The Nuremberg Trials.

I believe that “Stalingrad” was brilliant, but this work on “The Fall of Berlin ” was even more brilliant than the work I thought could not be topped.

That is to say, if you can’t be talked out of Nazism on moral or rational grounds, you might at least take into account how catastrophically they lost. From teenage girls to women in their 80s, the surprisingly undisciplined soldiers of a politically prudish state used the bodies of women as proxies for revenge as soon as they ran out of Wehrmacht and SS to kill.

Similarly, the part on the fate of the victorious Russian generals is interesting. There were 78, Russian troops killed and more than a quarter of a million wounded.


Perhaps publication will be in The Second World War. Heinrich Himmler, a veritable talentless mook completely in over his head and the epitome of “all style, no substance”. I also benefited greatly from contacts with survivors and historians made when researching Stalingrad.

That army, ill-fed and hungry for vengeance, unloosed its fury on Berlin just a month later in a long siege that would cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides. Please try again later. The book achieved both critical and commercial success. The part on the deaths or attempted escapes of the top Nazi officials is very good, drawing from rich material that has surfaced as late as the mids e. However, what we often miss in the modern era are the real life verlin that everyday people had to confront as their Fascist Government that could have ended the war earlier chose not to do so.

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Cold War stereotypes have no place in the modern world. English Choose a language for shopping. Others were forced labourers, rounded up and transported in by rail. Frenzied by terrible memories of Wehrmacht and SS brutality, the Russians wreaked havoc, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians dead and millions more fleeing veevor.

Taken together and complemented by a viewing of the Bruno Ganz movie ” Downfall”, these 2 books will provide the student of WW2 history with a great perspective on the unravelling of the Third Reich.

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I’ll look for his book on Stalingrad in the future. See all reviews. Antony Beevor reconstructs berllin experiences of those millions caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich’s final collapse, telling a terrible story of pride, stupidity, fanatacism, revenge and savagery, but also one of astonishing endurance, self-sacrifice and survival against all odds.

Refresh and try again. On the positive side, the book is carefully researched, albeit Beevor never references the facts mentioned here and there is a strong negative tone towards dwnfall Russians.

I fear, however, that the documents from former Soviet archives in The Fall of Berlinwill be rather hard for many Red Army veterans to take. It was published by Viking Press inthen later by Penguin Books in Sublime visceral writing that is so authentic you can almost taste the brick dust from the bombed buildings, and smell the corpses under the rubble.


Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. Customers who bought this item also bought. Lists with This Book. Apr 14, Misty rated it it was ok. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of ber,in Red Army.

Covering the months from January to May inas Soviet and other Allied troops advanced to Berlin, freelance British historian Beevor Stalingrad opts for direct narrative with overheard quotes from the main players, making the reader eownfall eavesdropper to Hitler and Stalin’s obiter dicta.

Tony Schumacher An Army of One. They really did fight to the the bitter end, outnumbered, outgunned with no chance of victory. See all customer images.

Even though they often had no conception of what had been done in Russia, the rumours flew ahead of the advancing Russian formations. Jul 20, Tadas Talaikis rated it really liked it Shelves: The first when the initial wave of advancing soldiers occupies a civilian area; the second when the vanguard moves on and the following wave of combat units arrives often the most indiscriminate and horrific of the phases ; the third and fourth stages as with the war’s end, the horrors of survival for some women in post-Nazi Germany include committing themselves to the ‘protection’ of one particular Red Army soldier or other.

Nevertheless, his approach is one that manages to keep the facts clear and uncluttered, and the potentially complicated maneuverings of multiple military units are brought across to the reader without confusion.