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Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute Hardcover – April 9, 2015
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The book felt as if the authors chose random personal accounts from that day and could only tie them together chronologically (hour by hour not minute by minute). The greatest part of the book is personal anecdotes of people nowhere near Hitler that day. What do the actions of future US President John F. Kennedy, in a California hotel room, have to do with Hitler's last day? He was not yet a politician, but was a reporter. What was the point of mentioning how much his newspaper was paying him? If you are looking to read a detailed account about what happened to Hitler and his entourage in the Bunker that day, look elsewhere.
All his publishers website says about him is this: Jonathan Mayo joined the BBC in 1987, first working in radio and then television, where he won awards for his documentaries. In 2011 he became a freelance producer, director, and writer. He is the author of The JFK Assassination: Minute by Minute (Short Books, 2013). He lives in Surrey with his wife and son.
And this is all I could find on Emma: Emma Craigie is a writer and teacher. She lives in Somerset and is currently Chair of Wells Festival of Literature.
The Führerbunker accounts are the most interesting; the rest vary. Among the most interesting is the story of a 17-year-old Russian girl, in Germany for forced labor, being discovered by American troops and spending the day partying with them. Accounts of prisoners suddenly finding themselves without guards are also compelling.
It was clear that other things were going on besides the fall of the Third Reich. While not a "historians account" of the events on the day of Hitler's demise, it was nevertheless an interesting (and easy) read.
They tell not only of Adolf Hitler's last day in the bunker but also of what was going on elsewhere on April 29 and 30 of 1945 and indeed of the first days of May and at the end of their book they tell us what had happened to each of the characters.
So well do the two authors tell the story, that there were times I laughed yet also times when I wanted to cry like when they were telling us about the liberation of the camps.
Being a writer myself I know the amount of research - and certainly dedication towards the subject - which had gone into this book and for this reason I say "bravo" to Mayo and Craigie.
I loved this book and I highly recommend it to you reading this review of mine.
Wednesday, April 30, 1945 - ten days after Hitler's 56th birthday - was a busy day around the world. Harry Truman was just settling into an uneasy seat as president of the US. He had not been "used" by Franklin Roosevelt who seemed to see little reason to confide in his fourth vice-president. In fact, Truman was not told about the atomic bomb until 10 days after he assumed office on Roosevelt's death! In England, Winston Churchill and his advisers - both political and military - were winding down as the war itself wound down. Allied troops were invading Germany like a pincher movement and talk of the coming peace in Europe was centered on Germany's surrender and the threat of the Soviet Union in eastern Europe. The Pacific war was on and the 6-week Battle of Okinawa was still raging. However, in the Burmese capital of Rangoon - under Japanese control since 1942 - the Japanese surrendered the city to Allied forces. The nascent UN was meeting in San Francisco, trying to put together a post-WW2 world. These are just a few of the world-wide events Craigie and Mayo cover in their book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was very misleading and mostly a lie. Hitler didn't even die in the bunker. Do your own research.Published 15 days ago by Patrick Woodruff II
Just a excellent book, well written, you just what to keep readingPublished 3 months ago by leonard rogan
A fascinating run down of where the world was at that pivotal time.Published 9 months ago by David Loosemore
An interesting work from an unusual perspective, but no real new insights or information.Published 10 months ago by C. Martin
Great book, it's a "can't put it down" for WWII history buffs like me.Published 11 months ago by Birder