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The Last Days of Hitler [Paperback]

by Hugh Trevor-Roper
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October 15, 1992 0226812243 978-0226812243
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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“A masterpiece.” -- THE TIMES

“Brilliantly written and researched, it remains the most vivid account of the final Wagnerian chapter of Hitler’s tyranny.” -- Max Hastings, author of Overlord: D–Day and the Battle for Normandy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In September 1945, the fate of Adolf Hitler was a complete mystery. Missing for four months, he had simply disappeared. Hugh Trevor–Roper, a British intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery. His brilliant piece of detective work proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin. It also produced one of the most fascinating history books ever written. Originally published in 1947 and now revised, The Last Days of Hitler tells the extraordinary story of those final days of the Thousand Year Reich—a dramatic, carefully planned finale to a terrible chapter of history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (October 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226812243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226812243
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Albeit Dated Overview Of Hitler's Last Days November 19, 2000
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The chief impediment to this literate and interesting overview of the last few weeks of life in the bunker with the surrounded, embattled, and doomed denizens of the Third Reich is the fact that it was written so soon after the end of the war itself, and therefore had no access to the vast array of material that has since come to light regarding Hitler's last days. Thus, unlike either John Toland's "The Last Hundred Days" or Cornelius Ryan's "The Last Battle", it does not take advantage of the incredible store of archives that became available in the decades that have followed its publication in the late 1940s.
Moreover, it cannot use the kinds of secret data now coming to light within the former Soviet Union which contemporary authors like Ian Kershaw use so effectively in retelling the story in books like "Hitler: Nemesis". Still, this is a wonderful book, one that is both immensely readable and marvelously entertaining. At times it is almost comical, with the nazi High Command being so estranged and cut off from the outside world that their conversations seem bizarre and surreal. Even at the end Hitler hoped for rescue from armies long since defeated and destroyed by the marauding Russians, who were angrily raping, pillaging, and murdering their way across the cityscapes above.
In the end we see just how perverted, committed, and maniacal the embattled Nazis are, with few of them even opting for survival in a post-Nazi world. Not only Hitler but also several of his closest associates chose suicide over capture or escape.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Classic October 16, 2000
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A very good book for those interested in the end of Hitler and the collapse of the Third Reich. This book is generally regarded as the definitive history of that period and deservedly so.
The political intrigue that was going on in the "FueherBunker" was almost humorous. Even at the end Hitler was continually questioning his aides about a German relief army that was coming to rescue Berlin from the clutches of the Russians. This army in fact had long since surrendered! Hitler's and Goebbels response to Roosevelt's death was bizarre to say the least-with the end of the war rapidly approaching they took FDR's death to be an omen that Germany would soon gain the upper hand and eventually win the war! All this with the noose of the Soviet army closing around Berlin! Himmler's deluded attempt to negotiate a peace with the western allies and have himself be the new fuerher showed how out of touch with reality he was. In fact most of the major players in this book were seriously deficient in the reality department. One of the few rational people in the bunker (Fegelin, Hitler's brother in law) saw a bad situation and left the bunker and went back to his own house. Unfortunately, he was found by members of Hitlers guard and was brought back to the bunker where he was eventually shot.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the death of Hitler and the fall of the Third Reich. Others may disagree but I found the book to be well researched and well written. This book remains a classic more than fifty years after it was written.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The first bunker history, but long ago surpassed April 19, 2007
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By the nature of their profession, the controversies in which historians usually become embroiled are musty, dusty and arcane. Hugh Trevor-Roper, on the other hand, found himself placed in the middle of a very contemporary and potentially dangerous superpower dispute when, in response to Soviet accusations and disinformation, he was ordered by the British government to verify the death of Adolf Hitler and establish the facts surrounding his final days. In spite of Soviet stonewalling and obstruction, Mr. Trevor-Roper (later Lord Dacre) established beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hitler died by his own hand on April 30, 1945 in his Berlin bunker. "The Last Days of Hitler" is a very well-written history, which nevertheless suffers from several serious shortcomings.

In the first place, and this is no judgement on the author, in 1945 he did not have access to several important witnesses who would not return from Soviet captivity for more than 10 years, such as Guensche, Linge, Bauer, Mohnke and Rattenhuber. Thus, there are more than a few errors, or at least discrepancies with later published works, such as the method of Hitler's suicide, the men present at Hitler's immolation, and Hitler's supposed reliance on astrology. Trevor-Roper believed that Bormann was still alive, was unsure whether Generals Krebs and Burgdorf had survived the bunker and made entirely too much of Speer's assassination daydreams. These omissions and interpretations are understandable though. What is inexcusable is the ad hominem vituperation the author unleashes upon pretty much every single German in this book.

I realize that it is de rigeur for English-speaking historians of the Third Reich to pepper their manuscripts with insults towards Nazism's leading personages, but Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superlative Best-Seller
When this book was published in the late 1940s, it quickly became a best-seller, so much so that Book Clubs paid T-R a then fortune to include it in their offerings. Read more
Published 1 month ago by reading man
3.0 out of 5 stars A very average historian
Aura popularis - a temporary celebrity.
Used to think more highly of him than now.
Then there were the Hitler Diaries, when he was warned by many people they were fake... Read more
Published 2 months ago by pearl
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Pace, Great Scholarship
This is a truly amazing book, a work of great scholarship and brilliant observation. The scene is the destroyed city of 1945 Berlin after the collapse of the Nazi regime and amid... Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Garden Interior
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a book version of the movie Downfall
Like a book version of the movie Downfall.
Makes me think I was there with Hitler in the bunker during his last days.
Everything comes to an end.. even the Nazis did.
Published 14 months ago by Grandiose
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a fascinating read
This is the British government's report on the events leading up to the death of Hitler. The writing style is frankly a bit pretentious occasionally, and Trevor-Roper does seem to... Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by teabag
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully written classic by the contemporary leading authority
It's more than sixty years since Trevor-Roper was sent by the head of Counter-Intelligence in the British zone of Germany to establish the facts of Hitler's end in the face of... Read more
Published on July 4, 2010 by Radcliffe Camera
5.0 out of 5 stars good product and quick delivery!
great transaction. will be looking forward to making another one with the same seller in the future.
Published on October 20, 2009 by A Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but dated
The Last Days of Hitler is a good book and is full of details. The author is able to describe in vivid details of how Hitler met his fate and the circumstances surrounding it. Read more
Published on July 7, 2009 by Austin Somlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Even the mastery of English alone makes this a wonderful read.
I suppose there is not much to be said about the ways in which this wonderful book falls short of full success. Read more
Published on April 28, 2009 by John Bonavia
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for its day but now dated...
As others have stated, a well written narrative. However, one that is now out of date which leads the work to contain inaccuracies, errors and some unanswered questions. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by C. B. Miller
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