His attention to emotional detail is what made his previous book Stalingrad such a magnificent work, combining a sweeping hisorical narrative with a remarkable sensitivity to human drama. Yet he also highlights the small details of ordinary people caught in the nightmare of history--the sick children evacuated at the last minute from a Potsdam hospital; the Soviet soldiers shaving themselves for the first time in weeks so that they would make appropriately presentable conquerors; and the Nazi Youth teenagers peddling their bikes in despairing, last-ditch attacks against the Red Army's tanks.
The story Beevor tells is an almost unremittingly terrible one--one of death, rape, hunger and human misery--but he tells it with both an epic sweep and an alertness to individuality. The result is a masterpiece of narrative history that is as powerful as Stalingrad. --Nick Rennison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
First rate historical research by a major historian especially for recent material in Soviet archives. Totally worth reading! Highly recommendedPublished 10 months ago by Michael Dorland
This apocalyptic event has been covered many times and we will see many more efforts. I am confident that Beevor's will be cited among the very best. Read morePublished on April 8 2010 by Jeffrey Swystun
Beevor is one of the best historians of his time. He strikes a nice balance between the staff officer's view of things on a map and vivid first person accounts. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2010 by Kirk R. Jones
This book adds nothing to what Cornelius Ryan wrote in 1966. In fact, Ryan's book is vastly superior since Beevor had no first-hand access to participants. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Mike
It's one ugly story indeed but it is one which must be told. January of 1945 brought a firestorm of mythic proportions onto the German Reich and effectively turned the dreams of... Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Bernard Chapin
Both Germans and Russians are colored darkly in "The Fall of Berlin. It would be hard to pick which is worse: the insane, die-hard Hitler fanatics or the brutal, deceitful... Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by Smallchief
Before you mindlessly believe a journalist who is primarily out to make money, it is only fair that you let the Soviet veterans also have their say. Read morePublished on May 11 2004
I would heartily recommend this book. It is good, well researched history well written. The author has a difficult task because although its not an academic history book there is... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Mr Peter D Johns
This is a very detailed and accurate account of The final stages of the war on the Eastern Front. It is told on a very personal and small scale specific level, which makes it very... Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by The Guj