Inside Hitler's Bunker by Joachim Fest
The Last Days of the Third Reich

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There is nothing in recent history that comes close to the cataclysmic events of the spring of 1945. Never before has the defeat of a nation been accompanied by such monumental loss of life, such utter destruction. Author Joachim Fest shows that the devastation was the result of Hitler's determination to take the entire country down with him; he would make sure that his enemies would find only a wasteland, where once there was a thriving civilization.

Fest describes in riveting detail the final weeks of the war, from the desperate battles that raged night and day in the ruins of Berlin, fought by boys and old men, to the growing paranoia that marked Hitler's mental state--his utter disregard for the well being of both soldiers and civilians-- to his suicide and the efforts of his loyal aides to destroy his body before the advancing Russian armies reached Berlin. Inside Hitler's Bunker combines meticulous research with spellbinding storytelling and sheds light on events that, for those who survived them, were nothing less than the end of the world.

About Joachim Fest

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Joachim Fest was born in Berlin in 1926. His previous books include The Face of the Third Reich; Hitler, his celebrated biography of Adolf Hitler; Plotting Hitler's Death; and Speer: The Final Verdict , for which he has won numerous awards.
Published April 1, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 208 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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A well-considered slice of the Nazi era, and one with a happy ending.

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Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest translated by Margot Dembo Macmillan £16.99, pp190 The ground which hid the Führer's bunker in Berlin has been covered with new buildings.

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Publishers Weekly

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Books on Nazism, Hitler and the Third Reich always seem to find an eager audience, though it is the rare volume, such as Daniel Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners, that actually manages to spark interest beyond that specialized circle.

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The Sunday Times

He would lie on the sofa for hours munching slice after slice of cake, talking of nothing but dogs and dog training, the dangers of eating meat and, of course, how everyone had betrayed him — Goering, Himmler, Speer, the German people — everyone except Eva Braun (shortly and so briefly toTo see t...

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