Hitler's Last Days
The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's Most Notorious Dictator
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By early 1945, the destruction of the German Nazi State seems certain. The Allied forces, led by American generals George S. Patton and Dwight D. Eisenhower, are gaining control of Europe, leaving German leaders scrambling. Facing defeat, Adolf Hitler flees to a secret bunker with his new wife, Eva Braun, and his beloved dog, Blondi. It is there that all three would meet their end, thus ending the Third Reich and one of the darkest chapters of history.
Hitler's Last Days is a gripping account of the death of one of the most reviled villains of the 20th century—a man whose regime of murder and terror haunts the world even today. Adapted from Bill O'Reilly's historical thriller Killing Patton, this book will have young readers—and grown-ups too—hooked on history.
This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.
Not one of his best efforts
I've read almost all of Bill O'Reilly's work and find him entertaining and informative. Hitler's Last Days fell short of the mark. There was too much focus on the Allies and their maneuvering and not enough on the man. I expected a deeper dive on Hitler. Also, it felt like there was considerable overlap between this book and Killing Patton (which was significantly better). Not his best but won't prevent me from reading his other books.
This book is basic at best. It reads like a summary of more thorough book by Anthony Beevor. Not worth it. Very disappointing.
Appears to be very high level...
After reading the sample of O’Reilly’s book, I would highly recommend that anyone interested in this (and especially with the final fall of the Reich) pick up a copy of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s "The Last Days of Hitler”. It is incredibly throrough and he was actually on the ground in Germany researching this topic in the months following the war. It is written with great style and craft and gives a vivid and fascinating look at the “inner circle” that followed Hitler to his end.
- Level: Grades 5-9
- Category: History
- Published: Jun 09, 2015
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 320 Pages
- Language: English