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The Bunker

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  218 ratings  ·  20 reviews
"A powerfully vivid documentary reconstruction of Adolf Hitler's final days."--New York Times


Here is an unforgettable, graphic account of the final days in the Führer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin as World War II in Europe drew to a close. From James P. O'Donnell's interviews with fifty eyewitnesses to the madness and carnage--everyone from Albert
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Paperback, 424 pages
Published February 22nd 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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Christie
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war-ii
An outstanding account of the final days of Hitler and those in his inner circle. While the majority of the book deals with the days up till Hitler's suicide, the remainder of the book relates the story of the dangerous escape through Russian lines for those who fled the bunker. James O'Donnell has done a remarkable job of relating the events through 50 eye witness accounts that he collected over a period of nearly 30 years. The author was one of the first group of correspondents allowed in to t ...more
Eric_W
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I happened to watch Der Untergang (Downfall - Bruno Ganz is incredible and the movie being in German, more authentic) and The Bunker (Anthony Hopkins), two excellent movies about the last days of Hitler in his underground facilities. So I started poking around for some books.

Written in 1978, this is a fascinating account of the final days in Hitler's incredible labyrinthine war room/living quarters under the streets of Berlin. James O'Donnell interviewed fifty --out of a possible 250 - some wer
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Steve
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, war
I'm late getting to this, since I finished it a couple of weeks ago. Just as I was finished the book, Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler in the great 2003 movie, "Downfall," passed away. It would be interesting to know what sources the movie relied on, since it's hard to imagine a better one on Hitler's last days, than O'Donnell's effort. Interestingly, O'Donnell's book was the major source for 1981's made-for-tv effort ("The Bunker") starring Anthony Hopkins.

"The Bunker" is a bit unusual, and not w
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Jan
Dec 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shocking information I was not aware of. There is a diagram of what the bunker looked like and who resided there. It was creepy and interesting at the same time.
Velvetink
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, war
Read it an age ago. Brought it home to re-read & rate.
Peter
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This book from 1976 holds up surprisingly well after all these years and new revelations from Soviet archives and other researchers. Except for the author’s reliance in parts on self-serving Albert Speer ( whose play as the “Good Nazi” has been debunked in other books) I consider it a reliable guide to the last days in Berlin and the Bunker.
I’m open to arguments against this view in replies.
Lawrence
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here is an unforgettable, graphic account of the final days in the Führer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin as World War II in Europe drew to a close. From James P. O'Donnell's interviews with fifty eyewitnesses to the madness and carnage—everyone from Albert Speer to generals, staff officers, doctors, Hitler's personal pilot, telephone operators, and secretaries—emerges an account that historian Theodore H. White has hailed as "superb . . . quite simply the most accurate a ...more
Andrew Miller
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the journalistic nature of the book as well as the condensed nature of the moment in time that it purported to represent. Full of detail and brimming with life, this book ends up being an interesting psychological treatise on Hitler and his inner ring.
Martin Mull
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The very best of research and speculation on the "monster" Hitler.
A must read for all students of American History.
Blow your instructor's socks off with the facts contained therein.
Cindy Illsley
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent recreation of the last days of Hitler's reign & the fall of Berlin. Insightful & eye opening; this book will give readers a new perspective on the horrors of WWII.
David Bales
A very comprehensive and detailed version of the last three months of Adolph Hitler's regime from inside the bunker underneath the Reichschancellory building in Berlin. O'Donnell visited the bunker in 1945 while in the army when it was under control by the Russians and later as a writer for Newsweek interviewed 50 people who were in the bunker in the last three months. This book is the end result of that research that he did between 1972 and 1976. 90% of the bunker dwellers survived the war, man ...more
Bob Koelle
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book fueled my curiosity of these ratpack characters who somehow managed to rule over Europe for a while, despite being absolutely unqualified to carry out very basic governance. All pretense was stripped away in the last weeks, and they began to feed on each other like starving trapped rats. This book largely follows the events in the film "Downfall" which I highly recommend as well.
Philip Wilson
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A really gripping account of life in The Chancellory Bunker by an author it a proven track record. The personalities, their characters and their frailties are all here, interwoven in a a tale that unfolds with a real sense of the desperation and fanaticism of the players involved. Of particular interest was the story of the breakout from the bunker and the fates of those who tried to leave.
Chris
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty impressive story that pieces together, with a reporter's eye, the strange happenings surrounding the end of Hitler and subsequent breakout attempts of the people that were in that bunker with him during his troglodytic existence in his Führerbunker.
Kate
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Very well researched and a captivating read, gives another view of the calculating nature of many of those within the higher level of the Nazi regime, those closest to Hitler and the madness at the center of the Nazi regime. I couldn't put the book down.
Gary L. Strike
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: American History Buffs
Recommended to Gary by: Public library research
I enjoyed this book. Many details of Hitler's last 102 days that I never knew about. Much information on his entourage as well.
John
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1history, box20
Excellent book about he bunker and its last days - good read.
Steve
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book on the final days of Adolf Hitler when the Russians invaded Berlin and Hitler and his staff were hid in an underground bunker where Adolf Hitler and his mistress committed suicide.
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Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Like Shirer a reporters eye view ..
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