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The Fall of Berlin

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  172 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 1992.
Hardcover, 513 pages
Published April 1st 1993 by W.W. Norton & Company (first published 1992)
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Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a book which covers the Battle of Berlin between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, this is probably not the book for you: only about a third of the book covers the actual fighting in Berlin. This book is more of a short history of Berlin during the days of the Third Reich, starting with its high water mark as the site of the 1936 Summer Olympics through it's surrender to the Russians in May, 1945.

Along the way, you will meet a host of individuals and learn some of their
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
Need a little more focus on 1945
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an extremely intense look at the final months of Nazi rule in Germany and, as the title says, the fall of Berlin.
The refresher on World War II is interesting for those who have read about this phase of history before, but the most emotional part comes with the intense fighting when the war comes to Berlin. The story of the ordinary German citizen is full of fear and heroics.
Many Berliners toughly rode out the storm while friends and family were killed in the bombings. Others
May 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out with a page turning description of what life was like in Berlin just prior to the war and in the years 1941-43, when the war in the East was developing in the Germans favor. The story bogged down into too much detail about specific commanders of specific units as it described the progression toward the actual fall of the city. Still, for those interested in this topic, it is well worth reading as it manages to give a good account of the suffering endured by the civilian ...more
You get exactly what you'd expect with this book - a focused account of the final days of the third reich. In particular, it provides a great look at the final tranformation of Hitler from authoritarian dictator to raving megalomaniac.
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard to put down, the first hand accounts and the images that are shown in the book. The final days of the Third Reich a huge empire that crumbled to the ground. Great read and highly recommended for those WWII buffs out there.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Told from the point of view from Berliners. This is a harrowing account of the fall of the nazi regime. I have been reading this very late into the night.
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
I think this book was very good. I see some people who are dissatisfied because the entire book doesn't deal with the end battle in Berlin on 1945. I think that is one of the book's strengths. It starts roughly around the time of the Berlin Olympics in 1936, and the best parts of the book deal with the situation in Berlin for ordinary citizens from then on. However, what I don't buy is the way that the authors almost portray Berlin as a non-Nazi city, where being a Nazi seems like an exception. ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of details about the last days in Berlin before the Nazis surrendered. I liked reading the personal stories.
Oct 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just didn't like this book. I think it was very good, focusing on Berliners before and during the war. Beriners tended toward socialism, and were not too keen on Hitler (and he wasn't excited about them either). The book also focuses on several of the plots against Hitler that centered around Berlin, wich were often half hearted and inept, and usually ended up with conspirators hanged with piano wire, or in less extreme cases, simply guillotined.
While the early stuff is really pretty good, I
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adds some interesting details to the story of Berlin during WW II.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the staples of WWII historiography.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a sobering read during an election cycle.
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Anthony "Tony" Read (born 21 April 1935) was a British script editor, television writer and author. He was principally active in British television from the 1960s to the mid-1980s, although he occasionally contributed to televised productions until 1999. Starting in the 1980s, he launched a second career as a print author, concentrating largely on World War II histories. Since 2004 he regularly ...more