In this compelling study, the author addresses the big human and military questions. Why did the Allies not win the war in 1944, when they were vastly stronger than the Germans? Why did the Russians produce the best generals? What was it like to fight the British, American, German, and Soviet armies?
This book embraces the fates of more than a hundred million people, from the tragic teenage fanatics who died in the ruins of Hitler's Reich to the British "Tommies" who simply yearned to finish a painful job and go home. Few books on the Second World War have so vividly brought together the story of the battlefields, east and west, with the decisions of the generals and the impact of great events upon ordinary soldiers and civilians.
©2005 Max Hastings; (P)2005 Macmillan Digital Audio
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"Masterful history. Story telling at its best."
Absolutely stunning. Hastings takes the closing chapter of the war and shows it for all its complexity and horror. It’s easy to listen to and engaging even for a history buff like myself. Well done. I would recommend this work to anyone and is one of the best audio’s I have chosen in 6 years !! (I started with .com)
"Good, solid history book"
Well narrated, well researched history book which covers the ending of the war. The audible version is abridged, but still comes in at 7 hours or so. I download3d it to my tablet, then blutoothed it across to my car and listened to it during my commute - it was so good, it was almost enough to make me look forward to going to work!
I have read many of Max Hasting books, on WW!! all have been excellent. This has been the first one that I have as an Audio book and it has been fantastic, just sit back and listen as the story unfolds. Really well read by John Sessions. I have already bought my next book and I will be buying many more.
"An excellent book"
The book is a very well written account of the last few months of the Third Reich from the events just before Operation Market Garden in the autumn 1944 to its eventual collapse in May 1945.
Shame its not slightly longer because I enjoyed listening to it so much
First time I have listened to a book narrated by John Sessions but he does a great job here
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