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The Last Days of Hitler Paperback – October 15, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0226812243 ISBN-10: 0226812243 Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (October 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226812243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226812243
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reading about famous people, history, or about World War II.
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Still, this is a wonderful book, one that is both immensely readable and marvelously entertaining.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on 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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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Michael on 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. B. Miller on February 28, 2009
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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.

Roper remarks that the "...real causes and circumstances of the execution of Fegelein provide one of the few subjects in this book upon which final certainty seems unattainable."Certainly, SS General Fegelein's last hours and end are now well known. Further, some inaccuracies and errors include: the exact method employed for suicide by Hitler (stating Hitler shot himself in the mouth); the principles present at the end; and the belief that Reichsleiter Martin Bormann escaped and (at the time the book was published) was still alive.

First written after a commission from Dick White, then head of counter-intelligence in the British sector of Berlin (and later head of MI5 and MI6 in succession) in Nov. 1945 and published in book form in 1947. Hugh Trevor-Roper investigated the last days of Hitler to counter the Soviet propaganda at the time (that Hitler was still alive living in the west). The author does deserve credit for being the first to write a detailed western account of Hitler's last days (which countered the Soviet propaganda at the time). However, it lacked the important information (and insight) of key inner-circle players who were locked up in the east by the Soviets. Men such as Linge, Gunsche and Mohnke. Trevor-Roper was able to cure that somewhat with the third edition published in 1956 but still he did not have the in depth information that has come out over the course of the many years since then; especially after the fall of the Soviet Union and the archives therein were opened up for western writers.
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