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  • Exemplary [and] important... This is the kind of book few writers possess the clarity of vision to write

    Max Hastings, Sunday Times
  • A masterpiece

    The Spectator
  • Magnificent... There are great lessons in the nature of humanity to be learnt here

    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
  • Jähner is masterly in telling the tragic, despicable, comedic and uplifting stories of those who were there as he takes his readers on a fascinating tour through rubble-strewn postwar Germany

    Katja Hoyer, The Times
  • Thought-provoking... Jähner's unflinching account is a reminder that historical truths are rarely simple and always nuanced

    Daily Mail
  • Magisterial, fascinating, humane - a brilliant book of the greatest importance and achievement

    Philippe Sands, bestselling author of East West Street and The Ratline
  • This panoramic journey through Germany in the ruins of the Third Reich is unforgettably thought-provoking [and] intensely moving

    The Times (21 best history books 2021)
  • An extraordinary book of breathtaking scholarship. Jähner shines a light on a dark and almost forgotten period of German history to find it pulsating with life

    Jack Fairweather, bestselling author of The Volunteer
  • What does total defeat mean? Germany 1945-55. Ten years of poverty, ruins, fear, violence, black markets, manic hard work, inventive sex - and always, always, silence about the murdered millions of the Third Reich. A fascinating read.

    Neil MacGregor, author of Germany: Memories of a Nation
  • Absolutely extraordinary. Every page stops you dead with insight and revelation.

    James Hawes, bestselling author of The Shortest History of Germany

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