ISBN: 1631498274
EAN13: 9781631498275
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 7, 2021
Pages: 336
Weight: 1.737243 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Eight Days in May: The Final Collapse of the Third Reich

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A fast-paced, brilliant recounting of the turbulent last days of the Third Reich. With all the energy and chaos of a Jackson Pollock canvas, Eight Days in May evokes the complete and utter chaos of a collapsing society. We see victor and vanquished, persecutor and victim, and witness an empire as it falls from its savage heights to the depths of a despised and defeated nation.
--Helmut Walser Smith, author of Germany: A Nation in Its Time

The last days of the Third Reich have often been told, but seldom with the verve, perception and elegance of Volker Ullrich's rich narrative. For Western states that have never faced comprehensive and destructive defeat, this is an instructive lesson in how societies cope with the devastating reality of a surrender that they grimly await.
--Richard Overy, author of RAF: The Birth of the World's First Air Force

The last chapter of the Nazi regime, just before its fall, is perhaps the most interesting. And Volker Ullrich manages to cover the days after Hitler's suicide with brilliant prose, and excellent original research.
--Norman Ohler, New York Times best-selling author of Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Volker Ullrich's compact, gripping narration brings to life the death throes of the Nazi regime as Read More chevron_right

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   Excellent, insightful, well composed book
I just finished the book, and I'm off to college. It was a good read, and I liked the way it was laid out. The final day of the test is Monday, with the first day's work completed on Friday. Within those segments the author concisely crammed all the pertinent information of what was happening to all the major and minor players as well as to the Allie's and the German people who were victims to their atrocities. Yes, I was spell bound. The conclusion of the inquiry closed the book on what happened at the academy. Overall, I'm pleased with the product, said Paul DiClerico, director of music for AOL Europe. Even after six decades, I still wonder how an entire nation of reasonable, educated and cultured people like the Germans could come under the spell of Hitler, a megalomaniac, and they followed him to the end. Buy this book and read all the rest of the Rowling mysteries.
 
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   A quick summary of the immediate aftermath of the horrors of Nazism
I read the two volumes by Volcker and found them to be valuable if hardly groundbreaking. Volcker offers a brief series of vignettes, describing the first eight days of the allied occupation.
 
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   Not his best
Though I enjoyed his first book, The Fall of the Roman Empire, I thought this was disappointing after his 2 volume biography of Hitler. Even though extensively researched, Hopkins' work is not well-known. One reviewer says the writer "entertained the Anne Frank story" by delving into the teenager's life. He must have known that Miep Gies, the woman who was a huge help to the Frank family, was a woman. Good work, said Vazzi, who described the book as "thorough and edited."
 
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