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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
  • I thought I knew the essential story of Germany's immediate post-war years. This book brilliantly adds to, indeed changes, my understanding. One of the best historians and authors of contemporary Germany, Jähner paints an absorbing, human and surprising picture

    John Kampfner, bestselling author of Why the Germans Do it Better
  • 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)
  • A reminder that the German experience will always stand apart

  • 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

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