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The Last 100 Days

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  864 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’s ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Modern Library (first published 1966)
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Mikey B.
John Toland writes clearly and is able to move from the high levels (Churchill and Roosevelt, Hitler) to the details of individual soldiers on the battlefield. He has performed an important task of interviewing hundreds of people (from Generals to civilians fleeing the Soviet Army). He weaves a massive canvas of the final days of the Third Reich.

Thank-fully he does not accuse Churchill and Roosevelt of betraying Poland at Yalta. He points the finger clearly at Stalin and the Soviet Union for th
Interesting look 'behind-the-scenes' at the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. Mostly about The Big Three vs. The Germans (Italy and Mussolini get a mere two chapters!), with all the usual players: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, Montgomery, Truman, Dulles, Smith, Harriman, Hitler, Göring, Goebbels, Himmler, Speer.

Political wranglings, military manoeuvrings, agreements made & broken, 'displaced persons', refugees, the usual war-time atrocities (mass rape, lo
Erik Graff
Mar 27, 2013 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: history
Having read at least two of Toland's books previously, I picked this one up with some confidence and was not disappointed. Toland, a professional writer, not an academic historian, effectively weaves into his grand historical narrative enough small illustrative examples that the reader is repeatedly reminded of the personal, human dimension of war. Much of his material is original, based on his interviews with survivors.
-En su momento, ejemplar y de referencia. Ahora no tanto.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Visión casi periodística, con momentos novelados, de los últimos cien días de Segunda Guerra Mundial en el frente europeo a través de un gran número de participantes en los hechos. Libro también conocido como “Los cien últimos días” (sí, en serio).

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Jun 26, 2011 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII History Buffs
Recommended to Matt by: Dave Wetzler
A very interesting read, although it takes a bit to really get going. It jumps around the timeline quite a bit, particularly towards the beginning. That said, it settles down about halfway through and gets much easier to follow.

It was very eye opening and informative, however the fact that it was written by an American and published during the height of the Cold War I can't help but feel some of the descriptions of the Soviet armed forces are a bit biased. It isn't that I don't think they're fa
German Patarroyo
This book is has everything!!! it show us how the people (german, amarican and russian soldiers, etc)lives these final days and in the same time represents the final experiences of characters so important like Hitler, Mussoulini and Rosevelt and the the impresions of Stalin and Churchill
Much of the draw for my WWII hobby is the information regarding organizational and individual leadership behaviors. This work was particularly good at describing the interpersonal and organizational dynamics of Hitler's inner circle.
The last 100 days of the Nazi regime have long remained clouded by the fact that it was the Soviet armies that reached Berlin first and afterwards controlled the information surrounding the end of it all. Until things had settled down, and let's not forget that they only ever partially settled down (Patton's cry of "Let's push on to Moscow," still rings in one's ears), little or no information was available to the Western press about the successful Russian attack against the German capital. John ...more
Melissa Acuna
Brilliant summation of the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. Because of the scope of the book, the author doesn't have the option to provide depth in many cases, but he does a remarkable job of providing a full recounting of the Allied and Axis decisions, thoughts, and actions. Many primary sources and new information make this a must read for history buffs.
Though Toland's work has become somewhat dated, his unusual lens, focused on the last 100 days of World War II in Europe, remains useful. Toland includes the highest-level policy decisions of Yalta alongside the most important tactical events, such as the Rhine and Oder crossings, peppered with views from the home fronts, POWs, and the core of the Nazi leadership. He provides useful studies of the deaths of three world leaders - FDR, Mussolini, and Hitler. Overall, a well-written work that still ...more
Linda Dew
A wonderful fascinating book reviewing the last 100 days of WWII with all the behind the scenes stories of Roosevelt, Truman, Churchill, Stalin and the stories of everyday soldiers and civilians. Fascinating.
D. Wayne
This provides an intense revelation of the politics and planning behind war. History records wartime leaders during as "greats", or on the flipside, unredeemable evildoers. Do leaders seek war to join the pantheon of "greats"? Recent and current wars don't have the determination and support of the populace for total victory. Greatness in part seems to come from defining victory and achieving it. Where are the lessons on demonstrating greatness through constructive means instead of war?
Linda Lou McCall
Great war account - absolutely AWFUL narrator!!! Listening to Ralph Cosham's flat, boring, uninspired reading was worse than jabbing a rusty spoon in my eye! John Toland's great research deserved a much better narrator. Twenty-seven hours and thirty minutes of Cosham's voice was too painful for me to go on after 5 hours. I love Toland's work and would have given the print version 5-stars. Don't put yourself through the pain!
Mary Simonsen
This is an excellent account of the last 100 days of the Third Reich, including the murderous fight between the Russians and Germans for Berlin. It also chronicles the desperate situation for the Germans in the closing months of the war and its immediate aftermath. A comment frequently heard by Germans at this time was: "Enjoy the war. The peace will be terrible." For those living in the Russian zone, it was.
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A very solid account of the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. My only issue with it is that it offers very little in the way of new information. Mind you, I've read so much on the subject that it is hard for me to learn something new. If you're just beginning to read up on the subject, I recommend you start with Cornelius Ryan's "The Last Battle." Nevertheless, Toland's work is well worth your time.
Uneven, with fiction and the 'maybe history' genre intertwined. Even so, Toland is a good writer and creates an interesting story of the machinations among FDR, Churchill, and Uncle Joe, who comes off far more sophisticated than most accounts I have ever read.

The collapse of Berlin and the Third Reich is gut wrenching, personal, and murderous to the bitter end.
Bill Shears
All the details of the inner circle and the bunker you saw in the movie Downfall plus Allied planning, FDR bamboozled by Stalin (who preferred American cigarettes and watered his vodka) at the Yalta Conference, the most detailed and horrifying account of the Dresden bombing (support for it was not monolithic at the time) seen anywhere and more.
John Rebrovick
Presented in several richly narrated snapshots of the war in Europe covering the Allies on both fronts and the desperate Germans in between from perspecties high and low. Fascinating insights into the motives and personalities of tall the great political and military leaders. Gives unsettling testament to the dangers of weakness of will against enemies.
Large, weighty but not stifling. Good observations on how the Russians were handled or looked upon in the ending days of WWII. The Conference history gives us some insight into a largely-undisclosed (or overlooked) bit of Allied posturing.
An excellent, readable history of the Third Reich's last 100 or so days. The concluding pages of surrender details seemed to run out of steam and the inclusion of dialogue was a bit odd for a history but those are minor quibbles.
Very detailed, well-written account of the last few months of WW2. Reads almost like a novel in places. As I said though, very heavy on detail, dialogue, and everything you'd want to know about the final 100 days of WW2.
Great book that was based on thorough research and interviews done in the early 60's so it was (by relative terms) recent history to all involved. Great scenes at the Yalta Conference and in "the Bunker"
George de Armas
The writing is clear and fast paced. What I thoroughly enjoyed is the in-depth research that paints a picture of the actions of ordinary and extraordinary men during this time of a worldwide upheaval.
Chuck Driskell
Easily one of the best WWII nonfiction books I have ever read. Toland is a gifted writer and this book is utterly engrossing. I give it my highest recommendation.
I know, a little off the beaten path (and long), but so far the intense interaction (all from historical accounts) between Roosevelt and Stalin is kind of amazing.
Fredrick Danysh
Toland writes about the last 100 days of World War I and what he considers the needless sacrifice of lives. Very graphic in the horrors of war.
Sean Chick
Solid narrative history, but the horror of World War II's closing phase in Europe seems lost.
A good retelling of the last days of the ETO
Mar 01, 2009 John rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: wwii
A read for only the true die hard ww2 buffs, alot of history.
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John Willard Toland (June 29, 1912 in La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 4, 2004 in Danbury, Connecticut) was an American author and historian. He is best known for his biography of Adolf Hitler.[1]

Toland tried to write history as a straightforward narrative, with minimal analysis or judgment. This method may have stemmed from his original goal of becoming a playwright. In the summers between his coll
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