Endgame, 1945: The Missing Final Chapter of World War II

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Little, Brown, Nov 12, 2007 - History - 608 pages
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To end a history of World War II at VE Day is to leave the tale half told. While the war may have seemed all but over by Hitler's final birthday (April 20), Stafford's chronicle of the three months that followed tells a different, and much richer, story.

ENDGAME 1945 highlights the gripping personal stories of nine men and women, ranging from soldiers to POWs to war correspondents, who witnessed firsthand the Allied struggle to finish the terrible game at last. Through their ground-level movements, Stafford traces the elaborate web of events that led to the war's real resolution: the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau, and the Allies' race with the Red Army to establish a victors' foothold in Europe, to name a few. From Hitler's April decision never to surrender to the start of the Potsdam Conference, Stafford brings an unprecedented focus to the war's "final chapter."

Narrative history at its most compelling, ENDGAME 1945 is the riveting story of three turbulent months that truly shaped the modern world.
 

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User Review  - profilerSR - LibraryThing

I can't say enough good things about his book. This large tome was intimidating to look at, but very easy to read. Stafford has packed information and emotion in equal parts into a narrative format ... Read full review

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User Review  - tbrennan1 - LibraryThing

Excellent account of the last months of WW2 in Europe. The emphasis on individuals who took part in the final actions contribute to the enfolding development of the story.Once again highlights the chaos and brutality which exists in all wars. Read full review

Contents

COPYRIGHT
SORROW AND DARKNESS
AVENGING JUSTICE
A CURIOUS PEARLY COLOR
TO FALL HEROICALLY
ICH WAR IMMER DAGEGEN
A SORT OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND AIR
THE MOST DEGENERATE SPECTACLE
THE CAP ARCONA
THE DAWN HAS BROKEN THROUGH
VE
FORTUNE IS NOT ALWAYS JOY
A GROTESQUE COMEDY
AN IRON CURTAIN
YOU LOST PEOPLE AS YOU GAINED
BERLIN THE GRAY CITY

DEATH OF A DICTATOR
HIMMLERS
ALPINE REFUGE
THE BITTEREST BATTLE
MONDAY 16 JULY 1945
OTHER BEASTS IN OTHER LAIRS
NOTES
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A leading writer on military intelligence and project director at the Center for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh, David Stafford is the author of Churchill and the Secret Service, Spies Beneath Berlin, and Ten Days to D-Day.

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