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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (499 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Kershaw Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II.

Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did. The Third Reich did not surrender until Germany had been left in ruins and was almost completely occupied. Even in the near-apocalyptic final months, when the war was plainly lost, the Nazis refused to sue for peace. Historically, this is extremely rare.

Drawing on original testimony from ordinary Germans and arch-Nazis alike, award-winning historian Ian Kershaw explores this fascinating question in a gripping and focused narrative that begins with the failed bomb plot in July 1944 and ends with the German capitulation in May 1945. Hitler, desperate to avoid a repeat of the disgraceful German surrender in 1918, was of course critical to the Third Reich's fanatical determination, but his power was sustained only because those below him were unable, or unwilling, to challenge it. Even as the military situation grew increasingly hopeless, Wehrmacht generals fought on, their orders largely obeyed, and the regime continued its ruthless persecution of Jews, prisoners, and foreign workers. Even beneath the hail of allied bombing, German society maintained some semblance of normalcy in the very last months of the war. The Berlin Philharmonic even performed on April 12, 1945, less than three weeks before Hitler's suicide.

As Kershaw shows, the structure of Hitler's charismatic rule created a powerful negative bond between him and the Nazi leadership - they had no future without him, and so their fates were inextricably tied. Terror also helped the Third Reich maintain its grip on power as the regime began to wage war not only on its ideologically defined enemies but also on t... Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paul Kerr | 2/19/2014

    " Another excellent set of insights into WW2 by Ian Kershaw. His focus just on the last 10 months of the regime really throws light on the key drivers for the descent into destruction and total anhilation of Germany, and not just at the senior party level. He clearly invokes the sense of fear experienced by all those suffering in that time, from the Jews to the foreign workers, and the masses of refugees fleeing from the marauding Red Army. While theories will continue to abound as to why the regime lasted as long as it did, Kershaw deftly provides solid reasoning beyond just the cult of Hitler about why so many died in vain in the last few months of this horror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Riet | 2/18/2014

    " De schrijver probeert in dit boek uit te leggen waarom de Duitsers aan het eind van de 2de wereldoorlog nog zo lang zijn doorgegaan, ondanks dat ieder normaal denkend mens kon zien, dat er niets meer te winnen viel. Hij slaagt daar m.i. goed in. Hij weet toch weer veel zaken naar voren te brengen, die relatief onbekend waren en laat goed zien waarop al dat fanatisme was gebaseeerd. In het huidige Duitsland kan je dit beeld van Duitsland in 1944 - 1945 totaal niet meer herkennen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Domenic Boscariol | 2/6/2014

    " Excellent read exploring a little-considered (at least in my limited experience) facet of WW2 / Nazi Germany history. It was a bit frustrating at first to read the author's caveats on his inferences of what people were thinking, but it actually reinforces the understanding of the complete terror that was the Nazi regime. Also interesting along the way was to see how the regime did have a consideration for what popular opinion was, even while they were unleashing terror upon their own people. In the end a truly mind-numbing account of the depths of Nazi depravity, and also an excellent revelation of the incompetency and venality of political partisans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 1/24/2014

    " Excellent book - slow read, detailed - good discussion about the last year of so of WW2 in Germany. "

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