- Publisher: Bantam Books (January 2000)
- ISBN-10: 0553103490
- ISBN-13: 978-0553103496
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,639,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last 100 Days Paperback – January, 2000
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Despite having read many dozens of books on WWII in the intervening years, I was wowed by Toland's account all over again. Toland was a master storyteller, not an academic or military historian as such, and had a novelist's understanding of the illuminating detail, the minor tragedy emblematic of the whole, and the reader's fascination with the character of people acting under the most extreme duress imaginable.
Toland weaves together numerous narrative threads of the highest diplomacy (FDR, Churchill, and Stalin at Yalta), the lowest farce (the goings on of Hitler and his bizarre entourage in Hitler's underground bunker), and endless violent encounters -- between enemy forces, and between military forces and the huge masses of civilians fleeing the fighting or trapped in cities under ferocious bombardment.
While the book is populated with the brave and noble, at high levels and low, it is also frequented by monsters, knaves, cowards, innocent victims, and thugs on all sides (though the Germans, of course, were peerless in the scope and cruelty of their barbarities). This is not the place to go if you are looking for "the good war.Read more ›
All the main characters have their turn on Toland's stage, whether they be American and Russian generals calculating the mileage separating them from their goal, or high-ranking Nazis twisting and turning in the net that is slowly closing around them. A fast-paced book, matching the tempo of the times, "The Last 100 Days" is one of the best books about the end of the Second World War to be published so far.
Indeed, in January of 1945, the Allied forces were poised to smash through the remnants of the Wehrmacht even as Hitler, convinced he could still win the war by dividing the two Allied armies and soliciting the western Allied phalanx to join him in an unholy war against the godless Bolsheviks. It is no exaggeration that it is unlikely that any other three-month period in modern history had the monumental impact of these three months as the evil empire of the Nazi regime was smashed into smithereens. Indeed, the ninety-day period saw historical events ranging from the conference at Yalta to the controversial and merciless bombing of Dresden, from the crucial crossing of the final bridge over the Rhine at Remagen to the brutal extermination of the German army at the hands of the Russians. And all of these, and many more, are described, discussed, and placed in historical context by an author who is a master of the trade of writing substantial popular works of history.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book was in very good condition, and meat all my expectations.Published 1 month ago by R. Cooper
My father fought in WWII and has read many books on the war. He liked this one especially for the "common man" interviews and perspectives, which round out and humanize... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reid Moore
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII history. I enjoyed it, but the one thing that put me off was that with some regularity the authored gets bogged down into... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Green Hornet
A beautifully written book about the end of the horror that was the second world war. All supporters of demagogically oriented dictators, what ever their political direction,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Luis Simonsohn Wilhelm
Very well done, exhaustive account of the last 100 days of the European theater in World War II.Published 5 months ago by Lenny B
Read this book about 40 years ago. I love reading WW2 history. Gives in detail what he thought happen after much research and interviews. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kos
Loaded with first hand information and intricate details I'd never read anywhere else before this book. Highly recommended!Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer