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Endgame, 1945: The Missing Final Chapter of World War II

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Publisher Comments:

To end a history of World War II at VE Day is to leave the tale half told. While the war may have seemed all but over by Hitler's final birthday (April 20), Stafford's chronicle of the three months that followed tells a different, and much richer, story.

ENDGAME, 1945 highlights the gripping personal stories of nine men and women, ranging from soldiers to POWs to war correspondents, who witnessed firsthand the Allied struggle to finish the terrible game at last. Through their ground-level movements, Stafford traces the elaborate web of events that led to the war's real resolution: the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau, and the Allies' race with the Red Army to establish a victors' foothold in Europe, to name a few. From Hitler's April decision never to surrender to the start of the Potsdam Conference, Stafford brings an unprecedented focus to the war's "final chapter."

Narrative history at its most compelling, ENDGAME, 1945 is the riveting story of three turbulent months that truly shaped the modern world.

Book News Annotation:

"War is too important to be left to the generals," Georges Clemenceau once famously remarked. Stafford (Centre for the Study of the Two World Wars, U. of Edinburgh, UK) adds, "the history of war is too important to be left to the military historians alone," especially as they tend to end their accounts with the immediate cessation of hostilities and neglect the importance of war's aftermath. His method of capturing some of the realities of the final days and immediate aftermath, through mid-summer 1945, of World War II, is to weave together the biographies of "a handful of individuals," including a German mother separated from her sons and imprisoned by the Nazis, a British commando witness to the aftermath of the horrors of the concentration camps, an American soldier in Italy, a war correspondent traveling with Gen. Patton's forces into Germany, a Canadian officer in Holland, a German-Jewish exile serving as a British secret agent in Austria, a New Zealand intelligence officer working in opposition to the communists in the disputed city of Trieste, an American paratrooper in Berlin involved in some the very first manifestations of the Cold War confrontation with the Soviets, and a woman involved with humanitarian work for concentration camp victims. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

A leading writer on military intelligence and project director at the Center for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh, David Stafford is the author of Churchill and the Secret Service, Spies Beneath Berlin, and Ten Days to D-Day.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780316109802
Subtitle:
The Missing Final Chapter of World War II
Author:
Stafford, David
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Nineteen forty-five, A.D
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090211
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 x 1.63 in 1.52 lb

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