No Less Than Victory: A Novel of World War II (Unabridged)
by Jeff Shaara
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No Less Than Victory is the crowning achievement in master storyteller Jeff Shaara's soaring World War II trilogy, revealing the European war's unforgettable and harrowing final act. After the success of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders are buoyantly confident that the war in Europe will be over in a matter of weeks, that Hitler and his battered army have no other option than surrender. But despite the advice of his best military minds, Hitler will hear no talk of defeat. In mid-December 1944, the Germans launch a desperate and ruthless counteroffensive in the Ardennes forest, utterly surprising the unprepared Americans who stand in their way. Through the frigid snows of the mountainous terrain, German tanks and infantry struggle to realize Hitler's goal: divide the Allied armies and capture the vital port at Antwerp. The attack succeeds in opening up a wide gap in the American lines, and for days chaos reigns in the Allied command. Thus begins the Battle of the Bulge, the last gasp by Hitler's forces that becomes a horrific slugging match, some of the most brutal fighting of the war. As American commanders respond to the stunning challenge, the German spear is finally blunted. Though some in the Nazi inner circle continue the fight to secure Germany's postwar future, the Führer makes it clear that he is fighting to the end. He will spare nothing - not even German lives - to preserve his twisted vision of a "Thousand Year Reich". But in May 1945, the German army collapses, and with Russian troops closing in, Hitler commits suicide. As the Americans sweep through the German countryside, they unexpectedly encounter the worst of Hitler's crimes - the concentration camps - and young GIs find themselves absorbing firsthand the horrors of the Holocaust. Presenting his riveting account through the eyes of Eisenhower and Patton and the young GIs who struggle face-to-face with their enemy, and through the eyes of Germany's...
Cannot rate this highly enough!!!
Jeff Shaaras final Act in his world war II trilogy is an excellant piece. Of all three, this one is probably my favorite. It has a good dose of action and combat and as always the writing is superb. Only wish that this wasn't the end and another piece would be forthcoming.
The preview is misleading. They just read about WWII to give some backstory. This is not a biography. It is a historical fiction work as seen through the eyes of Eisenhower, several GIs, and German generals. It is wonderfully written and very accurate. It shows the reality of the war as seen by people who did not know what was going to happen. Buy this. You'll be glad you did.
Everything you could want!
Want a WWII novel? Want accurate WWII facts? Then this is the book for you. Not only do you get to see the war from a soldiers perspective, you get to see it from the guys behind the scenes! His transitions between the soldiers and generals is perfect and he doesn't spend to much time on each before switching. This is a great book if you want to learn a little about WWII and enjoy what your reading. I'd be suprised if you can put this book down. :P