In September 1945 the fate of Adolf Hitler was a complete mystery. He had simply disappeared, and had been missing for four months. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery. His brilliant piece of detective work not only proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin, but also produced one of ...
In September 1945 the fate of Adolf Hitler was a complete mystery. He had simply disappeared, and had been missing for four months. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery. His brilliant piece of detective work not only proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin, but also produced one of the most fascinating history books ever written. The Last Days of Hitler tells the extraordinary story of those last days of the Thousand Year Reich in the Berlin Bunker. Besieged in the shattered capital, but still dominating the remains of his court, Hitler reiterated the original alternative of Nazism: either total victory or annihilation. This book is the record of that carefully prepared, ceremonious finale to a terrible chapter of history. 'This is an incomparable book, by far the best written on any aspect of the second German war: a book sound in scholarship, brilliant in its presentation . . . No words of praise are too strong' A. J. P. Taylor, " New Statesman " 'A masterpiece' "The Times " 'A brilliant study' "Guardian"
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This book, first published in 1947, was the most famous work of Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914 - 2003), the British historian. Acclaimed as a masterpiece by many historians at the time and later, it remains, in my view, along with 'Hitler - A Study in Tyranny' by Alan Bullock and 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich' by William L. Shirer, a scholarly account of the Nazi era and in this case of the last days of Hitler in his Berlin bunker, based on interviews the author conducted with people who were there at the time.
Of course, a lot more information has bas come to light about what went on in Hitler's bunker since the last revised edition of the book was published. Trevor-Roper's reputation, too, suffered when he authenticated the so-called Hitler diaries in 1983, However, this book, written in the author's distinctive style and with a subtle sense of humour, remains a classic. The epilogue, in particular, in which he sums up his findings and spells out his views on dictators in general and their shortcomings, is as relevant today as it was then. It reminds us of what went on then and of what is going on under dicatorships today.
Aug 9, 2007
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This guy was assigned to tell a story that would be acceptable to the power that be - logic and facts notwithstanding. The story is important in that it is the story still believed by most.
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