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From the acclaimed author of The King's Mother and Bosworth 1485a fascinating look at 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. Why did a peace agreement take so much time? How did this messy, complicated 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 Führer’s frantic last stand; the devious maneuverings of his handpicked successor, Karl Dönitz; 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 ceasefire; 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 alivea fascinating time when nothing was certain, and every second mattered
Michael Jones is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and 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; The King’s Mother, his highly praised biography of Margaret Beaufort, which was shortlisted for the Whitfield Prize; and Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle, regarded as a seminal work on Richard III and the battle of Bosworth.