The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

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9781594203145: The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did. The Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and almost completely occupied. Even in the near-apocalyptic final months, when the war was plainly lost, the Nazis refused to sue for peace. Historically, this is extremely rare.

Drawing on original testimony from ordinary Germans and arch-Nazis alike, award-winning historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the German capitulation in May 1945. Hitler, desperate to avoid a repeat of the "disgraceful" German surrender in 1918, was of course critical to the Third Reich's fanatical determination, but his power was sustained only because those below him were unable, or unwilling, to challenge it. Even as the military situation grew increasingly hopeless, Wehrmacht generals fought on, their orders largely obeyed, and the regime continued its ruthless persecution of Jews, prisoners, and foreign workers. Beneath the hail of allied bombing, German society maintained some semblance of normalcy in the very last months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April 12, 1945, less than three weeks before Hitler's suicide.

As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler's "charismatic rule" created a powerful negative bond between him and the Nazi leadership- they had no future without him, and so their fates were inextricably tied. Terror also helped the Third Reich maintain its grip on power as the regime began to wage war not only on its ideologically defined enemies but also on the German people themselves. Yet even as each month brought fresh horrors for civilians, popular support for the regime remained linked to a patriotic support of Germany and a terrible fear of the enemy closing in.

Based on prodigious new research, Kershaw's The End is a harrowing yet enthralling portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps.

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About the Author:

Ian Kershaw is the author of Fateful Choices; Making Friends with Hitler, which won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography; and the definitive two-volume biography of Hitler, Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis. The first volume was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, and the second volume won the Wolfson Literary Award for History and the inaugural British Academy Prize.

Review:

"Kershaw's comprehensive research, measured prose, and commonsense insight combine in a mesmerizing explanation of how and why Nazi Germany chose self-annihilation." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A]superb examination of the final defeat of Hitler's tyranny...an excellent portrait of the regime's death throes." — Booklist (starred review)

"This is an astonishing story well told by the reigning English-speaking master of Third Reich history...A carefully considered and powerfully told saga." — Kirkus (starred review)

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Descripción Penguin Press, New York, 2011. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. 1st Edition. SUPERB: SCHOLARLY, COMPELLING NARRATVE: New hardcover, 1st American edition, 1st printing (2011), new mylar-protected jacket w/ sharp new edges & corners & showing orig. $35.00 price at top right inside front flyleaf, new cover w/ red laid paper wrapping spine & extending 1.46" onto front & back panels covered in black paper w/ titles handsomely silver-stamped on spine, impeccable smooth-cut text-block exterior, new sewn binding w/ tight signatures & black cloth bands at spine-caps, impeccable pure white end-papers on heavy stock, pristine interior handsomely printed on excellent unblemished opaque paper * Illustrations: 16 pp. insert of 41 b-w photos presented on excellent gloss-laminated paper (after p. 230); 9 excellent b-w line-maps throughout * CONTENTS: List of Illus. (vii), List of maps (ix), Acknowledgments (xiii), Preface (xvii), Dramatis Personae (xxiii); Introduction: Going Down in Flames (3-16), Text (17-385); Conclusion: Anatomy of Self-Destruction (386-401); Notes (401), List of Archival Sources Cited (509), List of Works Cited (511), Index (533) * 6.12" x 9.25" x 1.78", 0.92 kg. xxvi+564 (590) pp. * From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating & original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing & able to fight to the bitter end of WW II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost WW II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how & why it was able to hold out as long as it did. The Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins & almost completely occupied. Even in the near-apocalyptic final months, when the war was plainly lost, the Nazis refused to sue for peace. Historically, this is extremely rare. Drawing on original testimony from ordinary Germans & arch-Nazis alike, award-winning historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question in a gripping & focused narrative that begins w/ the failed bomb plot in July 1944 & ends w/ the German capitulation in May 1945. Hitler, desperate to avoid a repeat of the "disgraceful" German surrender in 1918, was of course critical to the Third Reich's fanatical determination, but his power was sustained only because those below him were unable, or unwilling, to challenge it. Even as the military situation grew increasingly hopeless, Wehrmacht generals fought on, their orders largely obeyed, & the regime continued its ruthless persecution of Jews, prisoners, & foreign workers. Beneath the hail of allied bombing, German society maintained some semblance of normalcy in the very last months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April 12, 1945, less than 3 weeks before Hitler's suicide. As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler's "charismatic rule" created a powerful negative bond between him & the Nazi leadership. They had no future without him & so their fates were inextricably tied. Terror also helped the Third Reich maintain its grip on power as the regime began to wage war not only on its ideologically defined enemies but also on the German people themselves. Yet even as each month brought fresh horrors for civilians, popular support for the regime remained linked to a patriotic support of Germany & a terrible fear of the enemy closing in. Based on prodigious new research, Kershaw's "The End" is a harrowing & gripping portrait of the Third Reich in its last desperate gasps. * Ian Kershaw is the author of "Fateful Choices; Making Friends with Hitler", which won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography; and the definitive two-volume biography of Hitler, "Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris" and "Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis". The 1st volume was shortlisted for the Whitbread Biography Award & the Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction, & the 2nd volume won the Wolfson Literary Award for History & the inaugural British Academy Prize. Nº de ref. de la librería 007413

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Descripción Estado de conservación: New. The last months of the Second World War were a nightmarish time to be alive. By all kinds of criteria it was the end: the end of the Third Reich and its terrible empire but also, increasingly, it seemed to be the end of European civilisation itself. Kershaw describes these final months, from the failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in July 1944 to the German surrender in May 1945. The major question that he attempts to answer is: what made Germany keep on fighting? In almost every major war there has come a point where defeat has loomed for one side and its rulers have cut a deal with the victors, if only in an attempt to save their own skins. In Hitler's Germany, nothing of this kind happened: in the end the regime had to be stamped out town by town with a level of brutality almost without precedent. Nº de ref. de la librería 2641

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