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The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor
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May 01, 12

bookshelves: ww2-history
Read in January, 2011

There are books about WW2 history that flow like lumpy oatmeal and books like this one that are hard to put down, such is the quality of the narrative.

Beevor goes between the German point of view and Soviet point of you in a deft manner that holds your interest and reveals much about the various personalities involved, from Stalin's jealousy of his Generals and Beria's paranoia to the mad hatter's tea party in Berlin as the Russians approach the doomed city.

An important sub-theme involving the Red Army's atrocities toward German women flows through the narrative. It's appalling horrific by any standard even if the majority of Germans followed Hitler willingly and blindly and many to the bitter end.

Another sub-theme is Stalin's treatment of the Poles who were pro-west. Appalling and American naivete contributed to the fact that Stalin could literally get away with murder.

The Eastern Front in WW2 was an under-developed topic in the west for a long time and books like this go a long way to tell it "like it was."
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