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After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe by Michael Jones
  

After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe

Biography / Autobiography   History   

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Even with Hitler dead it took 10 days to finally end World War Two, and it is against this background, the ending of the war and what came afterwards that is the subject of Michael Jones’s history. For some it was a glorious victory for others an ignominious loss, across Europe people faced turmoil, loss and starvation. It was also a period when, however briefly East and West Came together and a very different world could have emerged from the ashes of war. ~ Sue Baker

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After Hitler The Last Days of the Second World War in Europe by Michael Jones

On 30 April 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. The following day, his propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels also killed himself and the crumbling Third Reich passed to Admiral Karl Donitz. The Nazis' position seemed hopeless. Yet remarkably, the war in the rest of Europe went on for another ten days. After Hitler looks at these days as a narrative day-by-day countdown but also as a broader global history of a European war that had seen some of the most savage battles in history. Relations between the 'Big Three' - the United States, Great Britain and the Soviet Union - suddenly plunged to near breaking point. This book reveals that tumultuous story. After Hitler also looks at the wider canvas of the war and the terrible humanitarian catastrophe uncovered in Europe. It describes those who felt the joy of freedom, but also those who faced a highly uncertain future. As Red Army soldiers joined forces with their British and American allies, Stalin's East finally came face to face with Churchill's and Truman's West. After Hitler tells of their growing mistrust, but also of moments of remarkable goodwill and co-operation - the brief but poignant hope that these great nations could together fashion a new and safer future. This is a fascinating exploration of the brief but crucial period that shaped the emerging post-war world.

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'A compelling and little-told account of a few days that set the scene in Europe for much of the next 50 years ... a 'must-read for professional and amateur historian alike' General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO, Late Chief of Defence Staff UK

'Michael Jones has described the death agonies of Nazism in an excellent, vivid and often moving narrative of the ten days between Hitler's suicide on April 30, 1945, and the celebration of VE day on May 9. He has deftly blended the stories of great events and the great figures who shaped them with the experiences of the myriad men and women who carried out their orders' The Times

About the Author

Michael Jones was awarded a history PhD by Bristol University, and subsequently taught at Glasgow University and Winchester College. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, and works now as a writer, media consultant and presenter. He has written books on the battles of Bosworth, Agincourt, Stalingrad and Leningrad, and most recently The Retreat: Hitler's First Defeat. For the last few years he has conducted battlefield tours of the Eastern Front.

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Book Info

Publication date

8th October 2015

Author

Michael Jones

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
History

Second World War
European history
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781848544963

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