Author(s): Michael Jones, Dr (University of Nottingham)
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Ten days that changed the course of history. On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in a bunker in Berlin. But victory over the Nazi regime was not celebrated in western Europe until May 8, and in Russia a day later, on the ninth. Why did a peace agreement take so much time? How did this brutal, protracted conflict coalesce into its unlikely endgame? After Hitler shines a light on ten fascinating days after that infamous suicide that changed the course of the twentieth century. Combining exhaustive research with masterfully paced storytelling, Michael Jones recounts the Fuhrer s frantic last stand; the devious maneuverings of his handpicked successor, Karl Donitz; the grudging respect Joseph Stalin had for Churchill and FDR, as well as his distrust of Harry Truman; the bold negotiating by General Dwight D. Eisenhower that hastened Germany s surrender but drew the ire of the Kremlin; the journalist who almost scuttled the cease-fire; and the thousands of ordinary British, American, and Russian soldiers caught in the swells of history, from the Red Army s march on Berlin to the liberation of the Nazis remaining concentration camps. Through it all, Jones traces the shifting loyalties between East and West that sowed the seeds of the Cold War and nearly unraveled the Grand Alliance. In this gripping, eloquent, and even-handed narrative, the spring of 1945 comes alive a fascinating time when nothing was certain, and every second mattered. INCLUDES PHOTOS"
Michael Jones is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History. He is the author of eight previous books, including most recently The King s Grave: The Search for Richard III;a series of works on World War Two s eastern front culminating with Total War: From Stalingrad to Berlin; and Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle, regarded as a seminalwork on Richard III and the battle of Bosworth. Jones lives in England."