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The Last 100 Days by John  Toland
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it was amazing
bookshelves: world-war-ii

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 the suppression of Poland (and for that matter the rest of Eastern Europe). As Mr. Toland demonstrates the promises for free elections and the participation of the London Poles in the new government were never kept – in fact the London Poles were incarcerated upon their arrival in Moscow.

The description of Mussolini’s last days is lurid. The adoration of Hitler by several of the faithful in the bunker is nauseating.

One aspect missing from this vast account is the liberation of Holland. There were descriptions on events in Denmark and Czechoslovakia and the liberation of Vienna. Mr. Toland writes at a personal level and captures well those harrowing days.

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