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Berlin at War

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Berlin was the nerve-centre of Hitler's Germany - the backdrop for the most lavish ceremonies, it was also the venue for Albert Speer's plans to forge a new 'world metropolis' and the scene of the final climactic bid to defeat Nazism. Yet while our understanding of the Holocaust is well developed, we know little about everyday life in Nazi Germany. In this vivid and important study Roger Moorhouse portrays the German experience of the Second World War, not through an examination of grand politics, but from the viewpoint of the capital's streets and homes.He gives a flavour of life in the capital, raises issues of consent and dissent, morality and authority and, above all, charts the violent humbling of a once-proud metropolis.




Andrew Roberts, author of "Masters and Commanders: How Four Titans Won the War in the West, 1941-1945"
"A well-researched, fluently-written and utterly absorbing account of what life (and, so very often) death was like for ordinary Germans in the capital of Hitler's Reich during the Second World War. The Berliners' capacity for suffering, for sacrifice, for self-delusion, but also astonishingly for love--and even on occasion humour--is superbly evoked by Moorhouse's cornucopia of new information." "Kirkus," starred review"A superb addition to the social history of Nazi Germany.... An august contribution to the city-during-a-war genre, worthy to sit alongside such classics as Margaret Leech's "Reveille in Washington "(1941) and Ernest Furguson's "Ashes of Glory" (1996)." Antony Beevor, author of "Stalingrad" and "The Fall of Berlin 1945"""""Berlin at War "is a well-researched and beautifully composed account, vividly recreating those years of Nazi arrogance, oppression, and corrupti



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