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The Fall of Berlin 1945

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"Beevor has wrenched a better book from the fall of Berlin than he was able to from the siege of Stalingrad. For one thing, the tight focus on the immediate area around Berlin makes it easier for the reader to follow the enormous flow of men and material than it was with a book covering the sprawling wastes of Russia. With the military issue never in doubt, Beevor is able to give more space to the civilian population than he did in his account of the Stalingrad siege....No previous text on the defeat of Germany has been so unsparing in its depiction of the miseries of the Germans themselves." Allen Barra, Salon.com (read the entire Salon review)

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Publisher Comments:

Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth century's most significant battles, Antony Beevor is one of the best known and respected military historians writing today. He now offers readers a gripping, street-level portrait of the harrowing days of January 1945 in Berlin when the vengeful Red Army and beleaguered Nazi forces clashed for a final time. The result was the most gruesome display of brutality in the war, with tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rapes, pillage, and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians froze to death or were massacred because Nazi officials had forbidden their evacuation. Hitler, half crazed in his bunker, issued wild orders while Stalin was prepared to risk any number of his men to seize the city before the other Allies could get there.

Making full use of newly disclosed material from former Soviet files as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, Beevor has reconstructed the different experiences of those millions caught up in the death throes of the Third Reich. The Fall of Berlin 1945 depicts not only the brutality and desperation of a city under siege but also rare moments of extreme humanity and heroism. This account also contains new revelations about the motives behind Stalin's hurried assault. Sure to appeal to all readers interested in military history and the Second World War, The Fall of Berlin 1945 promises to be the definitive treatment of the subject for years to come.

Review:

"[T]he best account yet written on the death knell of Hitler's vaunted Thousand Year Reich....Beevor has created haunting images of the war's final days." Carlo D'Este, The New York Times Book Review

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"Beevor is...a superb writer, a diligent researcher and a master of battlefield detail." The Chicago Tribune

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"Beevor once more demonstrates his mastery of the sources...and his skill in describing complicated operations." Gordon A. Craig, The New York Review of Books

Review:

"[A] riveting account....Richly detailed, gracefully written: a wrenching reminder that evil wears a human face." Kirkus Reviews

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"[A]n invaluable and meticulous account." George Cohen, Booklist

Review:

"Beevor opts for direct narrative with overheard quotes from the main players, making the reader an eavesdropper to Hitler and Stalin's obiter dicta." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

Review:

"These issues have been discussed many times but Berlin's strength is that it is a compelling narrative, with fascinating detail and a thrilling pace. Beevor's clear writing burns like a torch at night..." Max Egremont, Literary Review

Synopsis:

The Red Army's invasion of Berlin in January 1945 was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword in history. Drawing upon newly available material, bestselling author Beevor vividly recounts the experiences of the millions of civilians and soldiers caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse.

Synopsis:

The Red Army's invasion of Berlin in January 1945 was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword in history. Frenzied by terrible memories of Wehrmacht and SS brutality, the Russians wreaked havoc, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians dead and millions more fleeing westward. Drawing upon newly available material from former Soviet files, as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, bestselling author Antony Beevor vividly recounts the experiences of the millions of civilians and soldiers caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin 1945 is a heartrending story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing human endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.

Synopsis:

Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth century's most significant battles, Antony Beevor is one of the best known and respected military historians writing today. He now offers readers a gripping, street-level portrait of the harrowing days of January 1945 in Berlin when the vengeful Red Army and beleaguered Nazi forces clashed for a final time. The result was the most gruesome display of brutality in the war, with tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rapes, pillage, and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians froze to death or were massacred because Nazi officials had forbidden their evacuation. Hitler, half crazed in his bunker, issued wild orders while Stalin was prepared to risk any number of his men to seize the city before the other Allies could get there.

Making full use of newly disclosed material from former Soviet files as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, Beevor has reconstructed the different experiences of those millions caught up in the death throes of the Third Reich. The Fall of Berlin 1945 depicts not only the brutality and desperation of a city under siege but also rare moments of extreme humanity and heroism. This account also contains new revelations about the motives behind Stalin's hurried assault. Sure to appeal to all readers interested in military history and the Second World War, The Fall of Berlin 1945 promises to be the definitive treatment of the subject for years to come.

About the Author

Antony Beevor is the author of a number of histories, including The Spanish Civil War and Stalingrad, which has been published in twenty-three languages and was awarded the first Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Wolfson History Prize, and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii
Maps xi
Glossary xxix
Preface xxxiii
1 Berlin in the New Year 1
2 The 'House of Cards' on the Vistula 11
3 Fire and Sword and 'Noble Fury' 24
4 The Great Winter Offensive 39
5 The Charge to the Oder 56
6 East and West 77
7 Clearing the Rear Areas 96
8 Pomerania and the Oder Bridgeheads 115
9 Objective Berlin 136
10 The Kamarilla and the General Staff 148
11 Preparing the Coup de Grace 165
12 Waiting for the Onslaught 173
13 Americans on the Elbe 190
14 Eve of Battle 206
15 Zhukov on the Reitwein Spur 216
16 Seelow and the Spree 234
17 The Fuhrer's Last Birthday 249
18 The Flight of the Golden Pheasants 261
19 The Bombarded City 280
20 False Hopes 291
21 Fighting in the City 310
22 Fighting in the Forest 328
23 The Betrayal of the Will 339
24 Fuhrerdammerung 354
25 Reich Chancellery and Reichstag 370
26 The End of the Battle 386
27 Vae Victis! 406
28 The Man on the White Horse 421
References 432
Source Notes 435
Select Bibliography 466
Index 476

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002803
Author:
Beevor, Antony
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Berlin
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Berlin, Battle of, Berlin, Germany, 1945
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Berlin.
Subject:
Berlin (Germany) History.
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reissue ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
EDO-PS-01-12
Publication Date:
April 29, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8.50x5.72x1.20 in. 1.15 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 528 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142002803 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Beevor has wrenched a better book from the fall of Berlin than he was able to from the siege of Stalingrad. For one thing, the tight focus on the immediate area around Berlin makes it easier for the reader to follow the enormous flow of men and material than it was with a book covering the sprawling wastes of Russia. With the military issue never in doubt, Beevor is able to give more space to the civilian population than he did in his account of the Stalingrad siege....No previous text on the defeat of Germany has been so unsparing in its depiction of the miseries of the Germans themselves." (read the entire Salon review)
"Review" by , "[T]he best account yet written on the death knell of Hitler's vaunted Thousand Year Reich....Beevor has created haunting images of the war's final days."
"Review" by , "Beevor is...a superb writer, a diligent researcher and a master of battlefield detail."
"Review" by , "Beevor once more demonstrates his mastery of the sources...and his skill in describing complicated operations."
"Review" by , "[A] riveting account....Richly detailed, gracefully written: a wrenching reminder that evil wears a human face."
"Review" by , "[A]n invaluable and meticulous account."
"Review" by , "Beevor opts for direct narrative with overheard quotes from the main players, making the reader an eavesdropper to Hitler and Stalin's obiter dicta."
"Review" by , "A tale drenched in drama and blood, heroism and cowardice, loyalty and betrayal."
"Review" by , "These issues have been discussed many times but Berlin's strength is that it is a compelling narrative, with fascinating detail and a thrilling pace. Beevor's clear writing burns like a torch at night..."
"Synopsis" by , The Red Army's invasion of Berlin in January 1945 was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword in history. Drawing upon newly available material, bestselling author Beevor vividly recounts the experiences of the millions of civilians and soldiers caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse.
"Synopsis" by , The Red Army's invasion of Berlin in January 1945 was one of the most terrifying examples of fire and sword in history. Frenzied by terrible memories of Wehrmacht and SS brutality, the Russians wreaked havoc, leaving hundreds of thousands of civilians dead and millions more fleeing westward. Drawing upon newly available material from former Soviet files, as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, bestselling author Antony Beevor vividly recounts the experiences of the millions of civilians and soldiers caught up in the nightmare of the Third Reich's final collapse. The Fall of Berlin 1945 is a heartrending story of pride, stupidity, fanaticism, revenge, and savagery, yet it is also one of astonishing human endurance, self-sacrifice, and survival against all odds.
"Synopsis" by ,
Acclaimed for his vivid re-creations of some of the twentieth century's most significant battles, Antony Beevor is one of the best known and respected military historians writing today. He now offers readers a gripping, street-level portrait of the harrowing days of January 1945 in Berlin when the vengeful Red Army and beleaguered Nazi forces clashed for a final time. The result was the most gruesome display of brutality in the war, with tanks crushing refugee columns, mass rapes, pillage, and destruction. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians froze to death or were massacred because Nazi officials had forbidden their evacuation. Hitler, half crazed in his bunker, issued wild orders while Stalin was prepared to risk any number of his men to seize the city before the other Allies could get there.

Making full use of newly disclosed material from former Soviet files as well as from German, American, British, French, and Swedish archives, Beevor has reconstructed the different experiences of those millions caught up in the death throes of the Third Reich. The Fall of Berlin 1945 depicts not only the brutality and desperation of a city under siege but also rare moments of extreme humanity and heroism. This account also contains new revelations about the motives behind Stalin's hurried assault. Sure to appeal to all readers interested in military history and the Second World War, The Fall of Berlin 1945 promises to be the definitive treatment of the subject for years to come.

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