The Last Days of Hitler

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University of Chicago Press, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Late in 1945, Trevor-Roper was appointed by British Intelligence in Germany to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler's final days and to produce a definitive report on his death. The author, who had access to American counterintelligence files and to German prisoners, focuses on the last ten days of Hitler's life, April 20-29, 1945, in the underground bunker in Berlin—a bizarre and gripping episode punctuated by power play and competition among Hitler's potential successors.

"From exhaustive research [Trevor-Roper] has put together a carefully documented, irrefutable, and unforgettable reconstruction of the last days in April, 1945."—New Republic

"A book sound in its scholarship, brilliant in its presentation, a delight for historians and laymen alike."—A. J. P. Taylor, New Statesman
 

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User Review  - ddonahue - LibraryThing

The epilogue is especially valuable discussion of Germany and politics: industry and warfare well executed by the Germans, but politics not. T-R attributes this the the German tradition of failed politics, especially failed liberal politics. Read full review

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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

An interesting and informative read. Trevor-Roper's careful reconstruction of the last days of Hitler well illustrates the tragi-comic nature of the Nazi leadership in its final days. His ruminations ... Read full review

Contents

HITLER AND HIS COURT
53
HITLER IN DEFEAT
91
THE COURT IN DEFEAT
119
CRISIS AND DECISION
148
THE SIEGE OF THE BUNKER
181
ET TU BRUTE
199
THE DEATH OF HITLER
226
EPILOGUE
259
NOTE ON SOURCES
271
APPENDICES
277
INDEX
282
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Hugh Trevor-Roper is the author of Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans and Renaissance Essays, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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