Five Days That Shocked the World

Five Days That Shocked the World

Eyewitness Accounts From Europe at the End of World War II

Book - 2012
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In the momentous days from April 28 to May 2, 1945, the world witnessed the death of two Fascist dictators and the fall of Berlin. Mussolini's capture and execution by Italian partisans, the suicide of Adolf Hitler, and the fall of the German capital signaled the end of the four-year war in the European Theater. In Five Days That Shocked the World , Nicholas Best thrills readers with the first-person accounts of those who lived through this dramatic time.

In this valuable work of history, the author's special achievement is weaving together the reports of famous and soon-to-be-famous individuals who experienced the war up close. We follow a young Walter Cronkite as he parachutes into Holland with a Canadian troop; photographer Lee Miller capturing the evidence of Nazi atrocities; the future Pope Benedict returning home and hoping not to get caught and shot after deserting his infantry unit; Audrey Hepburn no longer having to fear conscription into a Wehrmacht brothel; and even an SS doctor's descriptions of a decadent sex orgy in Hitler's bunker.

In skillfully synthesizing these personal narratives, Best creates a compelling chronicle of the five earth-shaking days when Fascism lost it death grip on Europe. With this vivid and fast-paced narrative, the author reaffirms his reputation as an expert on the final days of great wars.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312614928
Characteristics: xiv, 369 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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callmebookman
Jun 14, 2017

Excellent read. The author compiles accounts from every country and predicament, there are accounts from prisoners of war, civilians, famous nazis, famous allies, regular Germans, Wehrmacht, the soviets, the list goes on. It is written like a series of stories that are all tied together by the impending end of the most destructive war ever waged. It also perpetuates the feeling of desperation and hopelessness of many of the prominent Nazi figures and German non-combattants in light of the impending Soviet occupation.

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bbb1771
Jul 05, 2012

Very well written from a unique group of perspectives of the last five days of WWII in Europe. Includes the experiences of future reporters, writers, politicans. Amazing that so much happened at the end of 6 years of global war in just five days.

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