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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (192 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph E. Persico Narrator: Harry Chase Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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November 11, 1918. The final hours pulsate with tension as every man in the trenches hopes to escape the melancholy distinction of being the last to die in World War I. The Allied generals knew the fighting would end precisely at 11:00 A.M, yet in the final hours they flung men against an already beaten Germany. The result? Eleven thousand casualties suffered–more than during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Why? Allied commanders wanted to punish the enemy to the very last moment and career officers saw a fast-fading chance for glory and promotion. 

Joseph E. Persico puts the reader in the trenches with the forgotten and the famous–among the latter, Corporal Adolf Hitler, Captain Harry Truman, and Colonels Douglas MacArthur and George Patton. Mainly, he follows ordinary soldiers’ lives, illuminating their fate as the end approaches. Persico sets the last day of the war in historic context with a gripping reprise of all that led up to it, from the 1914 assassination of the Austrian archduke, Franz Ferdinand, which ignited the war, to the raw racism black doughboys endured except when ordered to advance and die in the war’s last hour. Persico recounts the war’s bloody climax in a cinematic style that evokes All Quiet on the Western Front, Grand Illusion, and Paths of Glory.

The pointless fighting on the last day of the war is the perfect metaphor for the four years that preceded it, years of senseless slaughter for hollow purposes. This book is sure to become the definitive history of the end of a conflict Winston Churchill called “the hardest, cruelest, and least-rewarded of all the wars that have been fought.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Danielle Fogerty | 2/10/2014

    " Fantastic book about the final hours of World War 1 and how nothing was really properly resolved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dimmy-jimmy | 2/1/2014

    " EXCELLENT BOOK ABOUIT THE LAST 30 MINUTES OFF WW1. Our commanders should have been arrested for war crimes. I had no idea this happened,I was shocked with disbilief, it made my stomach hurt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Scholes | 1/20/2014

    " Fascinating. That they were still fighting and dying even an hour before they knew the armistice would be signed. I really enjoy reading Persico. It is a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Vanderpham | 1/10/2014

    " The book, not the CD. "

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