Reviews

  • A remarkable feat of historical scholarship and intelligent analysis

    Jonathan Sumption, Spectator
  • Masterly ... Kershaw's gripping and boldly intelligent work of scholarship ... will surely become the standard popularly accessible account of the Nazi system's terrible final phase

    Financial Times
  • Gripping yet scholarly ... the best attempt by far to answer the complex question of why Nazi Germany carried on fighting to total self-destruction. Kershaw, the author of the best biography of Hitler, is the finest sort of academic, for he combines impeccable scholarship with an admirable clarity of thought and prose

    Antony Beevor, Telegraph
  • Brilliant ... nuanced and sophisticated ... undoubtedly a masterpiece

    Mail on Sunday
  • Well-written, penetrating ... and ground-breaking

    Andrew Roberts, Evening Standard
  • Magisterial ... distinguished

    Daily Mail, Book of the Week
  • Kershaw is a sure-footed guide through the Hades of the final dark months of the war in Europe ... his is a thoughtful and thought-provoking account, which admirably combines analysis, historiography and commentary within a very readable narrative

    Independent on Sunday
  • No one is better qualified to tell this grim story than Kershaw ... A master of both the vast scholarly literature on Nazism and the extraordinary range of its published and unpublished record, Kershaw combines vivid accounts of particular human experiences with wise reflections on big interpretive and moral issues ... No one has written a better account of the human dimensions of Nazi Germany's end

    New York Times Book Review
  • A compelling account of the bloody and deluded last days of the Third Reich ... this is far from being of mere academic interest ... The greatest strength of Kershaw's narrative is that he gives us much more than the view from the top ... Interwoven are insights into German life and death at all levels of society

    The Times
  • Kershaw ... understands as well as any man alive the complex power structure that existed in Nazi Germany ... gripping ... arguably the most convincing portrait of Germany's Götterdämmerung we have seen so far

    Wall Street Journal

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