Berlin: The Downfall: 1945 (Paperback)
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Berlin: The Downfall: 1945 (Paperback)

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'A masterpiece of modern historical writing' -- Michael Burleigh, Guardian

The Red Army had much to avenge when it finally reached the frontiers of the Reich in January 1945. Political instructors rammed home the message of Wehrmacht and SS brutality. The result was the most terrifying example of fire and sword ever known, with tanks crushing refugee columns under their tracks, mass rape, pillage and destruction.

Hundreds of thousands of women and children froze to death or were massacred because Nazi Party chiefs, refusing to face defeat, had forbidden the evacuation of civilians. Over seven million fled westwards from the terror of the Red Army.

Antony Beevor reconstructs the 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.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141032399
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 397 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Recounts, in harrowing details and with formidable skill, the brutal death-throes of Hitler's Reich at the hands of the rampaging Red Army' - Boyd Tonkin, Independent

'An irresistibly compelling narrative, of events so terrible that they still have the power to provoke wonder and awe' - Adam Sisman, Observer

'Brilliant. Combines a soldier's understanding of war's realities with a novelist's eye for detail' - Orlando Figes, Sunday Times

'Startling, chilling, compelling. Beevor's writing burns like a torch at night in a landscape of ruins' - LiteraryReview

'Powerful, diligently researched and beautifully written . . . even better than Stalingrad' - Andrew Roberts, Mail on Sunday

'Fascinating, extraordinary, gripping' - Jeremy Paxman 

'A masterpiece of modern historical writing' - Michael Burleigh, Guardian 

'This brilliant storyteller makes us feel the chaos and the fear as if every drop of blood was our own. It is much more than just a humane account; it is compellingly readable, deeply researched, and beautifully written' - Simon Sebag Montefiore, Spectator

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“Berlin”

Mesmerising. The final cataclysmic struggle between Nazism and Stalinism is laid out for the reader with its human cost spread out like some morbid tableau; the whole affair has a grim fascination like some historical... More

Paperback edition
17th June 2009
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“A Masterpiece of Historical Writing!”

Antony Beevor's much awaited text on the cataclysmic and brutal Battle of Berlin simply never fails to impress readers and academics alike, with gripping first hand accounts of those who experienced the bloodiest... More

Paperback edition
28th March 2011
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