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The Last Days of Hitler

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  847 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
In September 1945 the fate of Adolf Hitler was a complete mystery. He had simply disappeared, and had been missing for four months. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of solving the mystery. His brilliant piece of detective work not only proved finally that Hitler had killed himself in Berlin, but also produced one of the most fascinating histor ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 7th 2002 by Pan Books (UK) (first published 1947)
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Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lurid, history
While their foul subject was fresh, the first post-war English historians, in early before the smoke had cleared, smelt the Devil. (Clive James)

I liked reading The Last Days of Hitler (1947) much more than I liked watching Downfall. Trevor-Roper’s reunion of English historical styles—Gibbon’s irony, Strachey’s titter, Carlyle’s bilious verve, if not his love of strongmen and Germany—makes even the flatulent fug of the Führerbunker, its Sardanapalan delirium, enjoyable to read about:

Pacing up and
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was commissioned and used as the official British intelligence report of death of Hitler and has stood up to the test of time when Russia released its imprisoned Nazis as was verified by many witnesses. A harrowing account of the madness that happened as the Allies closed in- Highly recommended for history buffs.
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
It must be such fun to write about Nazis because you can be an absolute bitch and what's anyone going to say?:

"Himmler himself, everyone is agreed, was an utterly insignificant man, common, pedantic, and mean. ... Hitler himself, in one sense, was not a Nazi, for the doctrines of Nazism, that great system of teutonic nonsense, were to him only a weapon of politics ... but to Himmler they were, every iota of them, the pure Aryan truth. ... With such a narrow pedantry, with such black-letter anti
David Bales
Sep 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
A brilliant classic, Trevor-Roper's book, first published in 1950 and amended in 1956, (I have the 1962 edition) step by step follows Adolph Hitler's last week in the bunker and provides a pretty good summary of his last ten months as well as all the myths and legends surrounding his death and supposed survival in South America, (nothing credible there). At the end of the Third Reich Hitler was heavily drugged and mostly deranged, insisting that phantom armies would save Germany and blasting the ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not my usual reading material, this volume filled blanks on two different reading challenges: one for a book published in the year you were born and one for a book about Hitler. This thoroughly researched and well-reasoned examination of Hitler's last days is fascinating, and I appreciate Trevor-Roper's snipes at some of Hitler's compadres. For example, he says that Schellenberg and Schwerin von Krosigk "form a perfect pair, the Tweedledum and Tweedledum of pretentious German sillines" (139) and ...more
Andrew Tollemache
A really interesing book considering its over 70 years old and I am tired of reading about WW2. Hugh T-Roper was an MI6 agent sent into Berlin in the Summer of 1945 to figure out WTF happened to Hitler. The war had been over for months and Adolf's ultimate fate was a mystery with the Soviets accusing the West of harboring him or letting him go into exile in Spain. Roper was given the unenviable task of going to Berlin under an assumed name and finding out what happened even though the key peopl ...more
R. Rasmussen
My current reading of Haffner's The Meaning of Hitler moved me to pick up an audio edition of Trevor-Roper's book today. I first read the book more than 20 years ago, perhaps as many as 30 years ago. I remember a fair amount about Hitler's last days but don't remember much about Trevor-Roper's book. I'm curious to learn whether Haffner's book will give me some fresh insights into Hitler's final days.

After many interruptions, I've finally finished Trevor-Roper's book. It's not quite what I rememb
H.R. Trevor Roper hat anhand von Zeitzeugen-Berichten ein ziemlich komplettes Bild von den letzten Tagen Hitlers verfasst. Er hat so ziemlich alle Beteiligten versucht zu interviewen, der Großteil davon entweder in russischer oder amerikanischer Gefangenschaft. Die Russen erwiesen sich als nicht allzu kooperationsbereit, so musste Roper teilweise warten, bis diverse Zeitzeugen aus der Gefangenschaft nach Hause kamen.

Ich habe die bereits überarbeitete Ausgabe von 1955 gelesen, in der manche Fakte
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The English historian Hugh Trevor-Roper takes us down into the depths of the Fürherbunker for a last look around after the fall of Berlin. Reconstituting the final weeks, he takes us into the pit in which Hitler finally withdrew, after having lived much of the war in a series of other bunkers (or lairs) on the different fronts. All the ordinary comings and goings of the (mostly) elite Nazis with, in some cases, their spouses and children, and the occasional dentist, serve to remind us of the ban ...more
Jan 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conclusions of what is surely THE definitive investigation into the demise of Hitler - that conducted by the author at the behest of the Four Power Intelligence Committee in 1945. This is not conjecture or self-indulgent fantasy, but a clear enunciation of the facts as they can best be established, with the necessary caveats and considerations blatantly laid bare. But not just the facts: the spurious alternatives too, along with well-researched and authoritative descriptions of events and ke ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author did NOT think much of the Nazi inner circle. 'Ninny's, simple minded, childish'. His words, not mine. He explored the psychological mind set more than the facts. I didn't learn much new, but it was interesting how they thought. Excellent research.
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well researched book.Great insight into the twilight of German third Reich & its perpetrator.It is a small book but a long read.
Alec Moody
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would thoroughly recommend this book, even if you have no interest in World War 2. The author was asked to investigate the whereabouts of Hitler just weeks after the war ended, interviewed most the witnesses to events and s well placed to detail the happenings and those last weeks and days.
It is a fascinating insight to the minds of the men whose names are imprinted into history and yet, as I read this book, I realised how little I knew about them. It is also chilling to see the hold Hitler ha
A fantastic, in-depth text on the last days of Hitler, the Nazi Party and World War Two. Intriguing look at key Nazi members, their movements, their motivations and their outcomes. At times in the beginning, the book was a tad dry but as you progress, the sheer number of events and players accumulating makes up for the initial mountains.
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read
Saman Perera
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remarkable historical story telling. Not much has changed since the original story was told ...
Kevin Coaker
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atmospheric, claustrophobic account of Hitler's final weeks in the Berlin bunker. What started as a forensic, detailed investigation to prove Hitler died, results in an excellent portrayal of a paranoid man's impending death and the grovelling cabal. The Downfall rages are all here, but perhaps creepily he comes across not as mad but merely deluded.
Kevin A.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hugh Trevor-Roper's classic account of the final six months or so of Hitler's life is both thorough and thoughtful. Considering the first edition came out in 1946, it has held up extremely well, not only in its particulars but in its broader discussion of the nature and character of Nazism and dictatorship.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, History channel fans, Alex Guinness fans
Recommended to Michael by: serendipity
Shelves: fascism
Having savaged Shirer’s “Rise and Fall” last time out, I suppose I should be equally disparaging of this early attempt to imagine Hitler for an Allied audience, but I really don’t consider it quite so bad. For one thing, Trevor-Roper’s prose is unusually good for a popular historian, and for another, he limited himself to a careful study of a few weeks in time, which prevents him from making quite such strong over-arching statements.

Trevor-Roper was originally an intelligence officer, commissio
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
An exceptional review and recreation of the final days of Nazi Germany, centered on the major players. Trevor-Roper composed this literate and elegant (and largely very accurate) work just a few years after the events, and it still stand up well to the scrutiny of today.

And, of course, I enjoy any work like this that can work in a reference to Nicolas Boileau!
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made the list of "100 best Non-fiction Books of all Time" prepared by The Guardian newspaper. After reading what The Guardian had to say about it, I had to read it
"The Last Days of Hitler" describes in vivid detail the last weeks of Hitler and those who were with him in the bunker in Berlin at the conclusion of the war.
As a work of history, it is brilliant! Trevor-Roper includes nothing that he has not thoroughly and completely researched, verified, double checked and cross referenced
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2, lives, 1940s, war
Shortly after the end of WWII, British intelligence office Hugh Trevor-Roper was given the task to "establish the facts of Hitler's end, and thereby to prevent the growth of a myth." His report, later published as The Last Days of Hitler, draws on Allied intelligence's interrogations of survivors who spent time in the bunker during the last ten days of Hitler's life. Trevor-Roper organizes his book chronologically, but it's more a series of character sketches than a strict time line of events. W ...more
Sheldon Fernandez
The Last Days of Hitler is an outstanding book that provides a compelling, penetrating look at the last days of the Nazi regime and its maniacal leader. This is a frenetic page-turner, a meticulously researched account of the final months of the ‘Bunker’, the underground structure where the regime’s top brass ensconced themselves during the concluding throes of WWII.

Fascinating factoids lace the book throughout: the personalities around Hitler and their struggle for power, Nazi political power
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Joachim Fest
Shelves: european-history

I had already read Inside Hitler's Bunker: The Last Days of the Third Reich by Joachim Fest, which draws heavily on Trevor-Roper's account, so much of this was a refresher course. HTR writes very well, and style is sometimes admirably wry or colorful:

Reichsleiter Robert Ley, chief of the German Labour Front, is chiefly remembered as the sponsor of the "Strength Through Joy" movement. He seems to have aspired to a millennium of unlimited fun for the proletariat; but his own habitual inebriety ren
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps, in essence, nothing important can be added, but the story presented here is dated, incomplete. We now know much more since this was first published (I read a 1973 edition, first edition is 1946.) We know more about what was going on in Soviet Union, and we know what happened to Bormann, for instance. Still, the book, as the better-read say, remains close to essential. It's about the downfall, the end of days of the most blood-thirsty tyrant the world has ever know. It not only takes one ...more
Apr 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much a product of its day, written in 1946 by the British intelligence officer Hugh Trevor-Roper. I thought it an interesting book, full of insights both into Germany and how the Allies, particularly Britain, thought of the Nazis. What is striking is not how evil they all were, but how banal the end was. The author spends one, dry and unemotional, paragraph on the actual deaths of Hitler and Eva Braun.

The other striking thing is how much power Hitler still retained over the entire country w
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
One of the best books i have ever read . Mr. Trevor Roper did an excellent job and they present what EXACTLY happened there in these last days . Huge and great Reports about all the big members of the Third Reich like Hitler , Goebbels , Himmler , Goring , Donitz , Speer and many many more . He also analyze very good what kind of persons they were , which were their thoughts and their actions . It's very easy to read this book because it doesn't stays on tactical information but only in Human st ...more
Jan 10, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, travel
I know next to nothing about this part of the world and its history. This was a quick read; the military and political aspects aren’t my thing. But the twisted character of Hitler shone through regardless. Frightening man. Frightening days. Horrifying end.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: From Hitler himself…. “ ‘I have not come into the world.’ he declared, in one of these messianic moods, ‘to make men better, but to make use of their weaknesses’; and in conformity with this nihilistic ideal, this absolute lov
Dave H
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By turns cutting, glib and wry, Trevor-Roper managed to create a masterful account of the final days of the Nazi regime. Is he too admiring of Speer? Potentially this is a problem with this work, but throughout Trevor-Roper draws terrifying portraits of the spineless and boorish men who turned Hitler's nightmarish vision into reality.
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is fascinating both in its subject matter, and (unintentionally) as a reflection of the post-victory allied mindset following WWII. The book was published in the late 1940s and is rich in detail as a synthesis of testimony from the Nuremberg Trials and other primary sources. The author could not be more disparaging of the circus into which the court of Hilter had devolved, and adopts an attitude which can only be called snarky at times. It's a quick read, and very interesting as it was the ...more
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