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The End: Germany, 1944-45
by Ian Kershaw

ISBN: 9780141014210
PUBLISHER: Penguin Books Ltd
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 592
PUBLICATION DATE: 26.04.2012
DIMENSIONS: 198mmX129mmX26mm 428grams

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Ian Kershaw's "The End" is a gripping, revelatory account of the final months of the Nazi war machine, from the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in July 1944 to the German surrender in May 1945. In almost every major war there comes a point where defeat looms for one side and its rulers cut a deal with the victors, if only in an attempt to save their own skins. In Hitler's Germany, nothing of this kind happened: in the end the regime had to be stamped out town by town with an almost unprecedented level of brutality. Just what made Germany keep on fighting? Why did its rulers not cut a deal to save their own skins? And why did ordinary people continue to obey the Fuhrer's suicidal orders, with countless Germans executing their own countrymen for desertion or defeatism? Named Book of the Year by the "Sunday Times", "TLS", "Spectator", "Sunday Telegraph", "Daily Mail" and "Scotland on Sunday", Ian Kershaw's "The End" is a searing account that takes us into the heart of the Third Reich's final months, laying bare the fear and fanaticism that drove a nation to destruction. "Nuanced and sophisticated ...undoubtedly a masterpiece". ("Mail on Sunday"). "Gripping yet scholarly ...the best attempt by far to answer the complex question of why Nazi Germany carried on fighting to total self-destruction". (Antony Beevor, "Telegraph"). "Masterly...Kershaw's gripping and boldly intelligent work of scholarship ...will surely become the st

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