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A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’sA dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’s personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici; from underground leaders to diplomats; from top Allied field commanders to brave young GIs. Toland adeptly weaves together these interviews using research from thousands of primary sources. When it was first published, The Last 100 Days made history, revealing after-action reports, staff journals, and top-secret messages and personal documents previously unavailable to historians. Since that time, it has come to be regarded as one of the greatest historical narratives of the twentieth century....

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  • Mikey B.
    2018-11-27 06:33

    John Toland writes clearly and is able to move from the high levels (Churchill and Roosevelt, Hitler) to the details of individual soldiers on the battlefield. He has performed an important task of interviewing hundreds of people (from Generals to civilians fleeing the Soviet Army). He weaves a massive canvas of the final days of the Third Reich. Thank-fully he does not accuse Churchill and Roosevelt of betraying Poland at Yalta. He points the finger clearly at Stalin and the Soviet Union for the suppression of Poland (and for that matter the rest of Eastern Europe). As Mr. Toland demonstrates the promises for free elections and the participation of the London Poles in the new government were never kept – in fact the London Poles were incarcerated upon their arrival in Moscow.The description of Mussolini’s last days is lurid. The adoration of Hitler by several of the faithful in the bunker is nauseating.One aspect missing from this vast account is the liberation of Holland. There were descriptions on events in Denmark and Czechoslovakia and the liberation of Vienna. Mr. Toland writes at a personal level and captures well those harrowing days.

  • Martin
    2018-12-02 11:08

    Interesting look 'behind-the-scenes' at the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. Mostly about The Big Three vs. The Germans (Italy and Mussolini get a mere two chapters!), with all the usual players: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower, Bradley, Patton, Montgomery, Truman, Dulles, Smith, Harriman, Hitler, Göring, Goebbels, Himmler, Speer. Political wranglings, military manoeuvrings, agreements made & broken, 'displaced persons', refugees, the usual war-time atrocities (mass rape, looting, killing, you know...), POW camps, concentration camps, executions, suicides, partisans, and let's not forget the controversial fire-bombing of Dresden. Have I left anything out? Probably. How does the song go? 'We didn't start the fire, it was always burning, since the world's been turning...' The potential for the human race to be absolutely cruel to itself seems to know no bounds...

  • Erik Graff
    2018-12-16 11:28

    Having read at least two of Toland's books previously, I picked this one up with some confidence and was not disappointed. Toland, a professional writer, not an academic historian, effectively weaves into his grand historical narrative enough small illustrative examples that the reader is repeatedly reminded of the personal, human dimension of war. Much of his material is original, based on his interviews with survivors.

  • Walter Mendoza
    2018-12-11 12:32

    John Toland's The last 100 Days is a countdown about Europa's front; like a novel Toland tell us from many points of view, simultaneous testimonials of soldiers or leaders, with a great narrative the author tell us historical events based on diaries and war documents, Toland describes important events like conference at Yalta, or the devastation of Berlin.In conclusion the book help us understand the war's final on Europe. More 50 years after final of war, Toland's work is one of the best books about WWII. Highly recommend.

  • Xfi
    2018-12-19 12:30

    Reconstrucción de los últimos 100 días de la segunda guerra mundial en Europa, es decir desde mediados de enero hasta mayo de 1945.Lo primero que hay que decir es que este libro se publicó en 1965, apenas 20 años después de la caída de Hitler y en pleno apogeo de la guerra fría. Esto es muy importante tenerlo en cuenta porque es uno de sus principales atractivos y a la vez su mayor defecto.Escrito por John Toland, un periodista americano metido a historiador cuyas obras publicadas en los años 60 y 70 gozan de gran prestigio en los USA.El primer punto a destacar es el estilo del libro, es una reconstrucción narrativa de los hechos, no un ensayo histórico al uso. Toland pone en boca de sus protagonistas diálogos reconstruidos y narra las acciones con una prosa épica que hace parecer por momentos al libro como una novela.La ventaja de este método es que es un libro fácil de leer y de engancharse, para aquellos que huyan de los ensayos de investigación histórica porque son demasiado arduos o aburridos este libro es una buena oportunidad para introducirse.Por contra, los inconvenientes a mi entender son muchos. Al final del libro hay una extensa bibliografía donde el autor justifica los hechos que cuenta o reconstruye, aun así se me hace difícil de creer, sobre todo los diálogos reconstruidos entre los habitantes del Bunker de Berlin. Da la impresión de que muchas de las cosas aquí comentadas proceden de una sola fuente, interesada y participante de los hechos. Por otro lado, juega en favor del libro el que se realizara mediante centenares de entrevistas a los participantes reales, ventaja que los historiadores actuales ya no tienen.Esto en cuanto a la forma, en cuanto al enfoque del libro también hay que decir que se ha visto superado por investigaciones posteriores y que los datos disponibles en aquellas fechas, sobre todo los provenientes de Rusia o catalogados como secretos por los aliados, eran tergiversados o directamente inexistentes. La principal crítica a este libro es que Toland da una visión exclusivamente “yankee-centrista” de la historia, el maniqueísmo con el que presenta la lucha de los inocentes y valerosos americanos contra los nazis que fue arteramente aprovechada por los bolcheviques para adueñarse de Europa. Aunque la realidad se parece bastante a esta afirmación, la vida no es tan simple. En su cruzada anticomunista, Toland llega incluso a “encariñarse” demasiado con ciertas figuras nazis, como el General de las SS Karl Wolf, del que se lamenta que aun esté en la cárcel (en el año 1965) cuando en su favor tenía el intento de rendir Alemania a los occidentales, con la secreta esperanza de que los Estados Unidos e Inglaterra comenzaran una guerra contra Rusia.El tema polaco también es tratado de una forma muy benévola, exculpa totalmente a Churchill y Roosevelt a los que considera inocentemente engañados por el pérfido Stalin. Otros libros consideran que la "venta" de Polonia a Rusia formaba parte de los acuerdos de Yalta entre los "tres grandes".A su favor, todo hay que decirlo, hay que destacar la reconstrucción llamando las cosas por su nombre del infame bombardeo angloamericano de Dresde, decisión política de los aliados occidentales aunque, según Toland, lo único que pretendían era hacerle un favor a Stalin y demostrarle que eran fieles aliados de la URSS contra los nazis....el resultado fue un autentico genocidio de población civil.Las investigaciones actuales también ponen en duda el axioma de este libro: Los Rusos llegaron los primeros a Berlín porque los americanos les dejaron, Eisenhower valoró más las cuestiones militares que políticas y dejó a los Rusos anotarse el tanto propagandístico de entrar en Berlín.Lo más aceptado hoy es que era inevitable que Stalin izara la bandera soviética en el Reichtag sin enfrentarse abiertamente a Rusia.El libro es muy interesante si se sabe contextualizarlo en la época en que fue escrito y con el objetivo con el que fue escrito, sobre todo si se puede comparar con otros libros publicados sobre este tema, los hay a cientos pero yo recomendaría compararlo con Después del Reich: crimen y castigo en la postguerra alemana de Giles MacDonogh y con Berlín : la caída, 1945 de Antony Beevor, libros muy serios y esclarecedores de lo que pasó al final de la guerra y escritos por autores conservadores nada sospechosos de antiamericanismo y tan anticomunistas como Toland, pero que realizaron un trabajo de investigación realmente muy bueno.

  • Owen
    2018-12-04 11:20

    The last 100 days of the Nazi regime have long remained clouded by the fact that it was the Soviet armies that reached Berlin first and afterwards controlled the information surrounding the end of it all. Until things had settled down, and let's not forget that they only ever partially settled down (Patton's cry of "Let's push on to Moscow," still rings in one's ears), little or no information was available to the Western press about the successful Russian attack against the German capital. John Toland's "The Last 100 Days," first published in 1966, was therefore a welcome addition to the growing literature on the end of the regime. Perhaps the most interesting sections of the book deal with the taking of Berlin and the stubborn defence offered by the citizenry (both old men and boys were killed at the barricades). For American readers, there is no doubt that the race for Berlin is of greater interest still. With the fastidious Bernard Montgomery apparently holding up the progress of U.S. army corps, it was a time of grand confusion. No one wanted to be restrained from the final fruits of victory. Impatient army commanders resented every delay, while at home, political leaders tried to balance the final thrust to victory against the prospect of further warfare in Europe, once the Germans were beaten. And of course, beyond the first difficulties in East/West relations, there remained Japan to be beaten in the Pacific.All the main characters have their turn on Toland's stage, whether they be American and Russian generals calculating the mileage separating them from their goal, or high-ranking Nazis twisting and turning in the net that is slowly closing around them. A fast-paced book, matching the tempo of the times, "The Last 100 Days" is one of the best books about the end of the Second World War to be published so far.

  • Matt
    2018-12-02 10:07

    A very interesting read, although it takes a bit to really get going. It jumps around the timeline quite a bit, particularly towards the beginning. That said, it settles down about halfway through and gets much easier to follow.It was very eye opening and informative, however the fact that it was written by an American and published during the height of the Cold War I can't help but feel some of the descriptions of the Soviet armed forces are a bit biased. It isn't that I don't think they're factual, but they seem a bit less objective than descriptions of others, including the Germans.That said, it definitely includes one of the more frank discussions of the bombing of Dresden, and some of the less than stellar decisions Roosevelt and Churchill made towards the end of the war. Then again, hindsight is usually 20/20.

  • Olethros
    2018-12-03 12:27

    -En su momento, ejemplar y de referencia. Ahora no tanto.-Género. Historia.Lo que nos cuenta. Visión casi periodística, con momentos novelados, de los últimos cien días de Segunda Guerra Mundial en el frente europeo a través de un gran número de participantes en los hechos. Libro también conocido como “Los cien últimos días” (sí, en serio).¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:http://librosdeolethros.blogspot.com/...

  • Patrick Clark
    2018-11-29 13:07

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but it is heavy duty history with a lot of direct quotes from original source material. I think the time period, last 90 days of WWII, was a very critical time period for the world, but for the US in particular as it shaped the opening of the Cold War. Highly recommended for history buffs, not so much for those looking for history lite or only entertainment.

  • German Patarroyo
    2018-11-24 11:23

    This book is amazing...it has everything!!! it show us how the people (german, amarican and russian soldiers, etc)lives these final days and in the same time represents the final experiences of characters so important like Hitler, Mussoulini and Rosevelt and the the impresions of Stalin and Churchill

  • Douglas
    2018-11-22 08:35

    Much of the draw for my WWII hobby is the information regarding organizational and individual leadership behaviors. This work was particularly good at describing the interpersonal and organizational dynamics of Hitler's inner circle.

  • Dan Snyder
    2018-11-25 10:34

    A revelation (in the apocalyptic sense). It seems that the settlement of the war was an overly academic and tone deaf understanding of historical forces. The seething appetite for revenge that animated communism, masquerading as millenarian revelation was only another side of the same coin motivating Germany. Roosevelt was naive, and cunning. Cunning regarding his own people; naive regarding others. Like Woodrow Wilson before him, he is feckless and condescending. The shocker here is the way this extends to Eisenhower. Perhaps in his case, the high value he placed on his own soldiers, combined with disinterest in the European future as well as underestimation of the brutality of the reds motivated his strategy. A confused time, much bumbling by Americans, much fretting by the British, much lying by the Soviets, and Gelassenheit (clarity) and fateful Entsetzen (terror) for the Germans. Of the 'big three' - only Churchill seemed to understand what awaited in the next fifty years.Philosophically, you see what is unleashed in total war. Human nature is unmasked, and we are all ashamed.

  • Terence
    2018-11-24 08:13

    Fantastically detailed and well written but it takes dedication to get through this long book. My recommendation is to take each chapter (over 30 of them) as a separate short story. The chapters represent a slice of time and contain, in most cases, multiple scenes / sections that are occurring roughly in tandem during that slice of time.Character development is not a strength of this book, so if you have read other books about WWII, you will more likely enjoy it. This is because you will likely have a better chance of knowing a little about the secondary players that were involved. This book will still provide you details that you didn't know but your knowledge will allow you to appreciate that detail more.Not for everyone but if you love books on WWII, then this is the book for you!

  • Mark
    2018-12-02 11:21

    A very readable history of the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. It's both a historical account (like a textbook almost) but also very readable. That said, there is so much detail of names and places, the facts occasionally detract a little from the overall fabric of the story. A map of Europe at one's elbow (much more detailed than on the end flaps) would help. Particularly interesting was the restraint shown by the western Allies in terms of territory conquered. We really tried to keep the Russians happy, to the point of naivete. Toland pulls no punches in his criticism of this short-sightedness, without straying from his role as dispassionate historian. Well worth the time.

  • Jim
    2018-12-04 08:09

    This is a detailed, yet very readable, account of the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. The book was written in 1965, 20 years after the German surrender, and many survivors of the war - both leaders and common soldiers - still were alive. The author interviewed many of these survivors and included their recollections to augment the history. As he says in the introduction, none of the dialogue is fictional - all is based on the recollections of individuals who were at the events recorded in the book.The book provides many minute details of various events in the last four months of the war. Because of the amount of detail included, the book at times becomes just a bit tedious. Yet its value to the history of WWII is in the very details that it records.

  • Marian
    2018-12-18 10:21

    If you are a WWII history buff and really want details about the end of the war in Europe, then this is the book for you. While the book is well written and researched to an inch of its life, it was a tough read for me. I read and finished it because it was the month's selection for my book club; otherwise, I know I wouldn't have finished it. Too long.Even though the length got to me, the details also got to me as well. It was quite hard to keep track of so many people -- especially all of the German officers. I gave this book 3 stars because I did learn quite a bit -- Toland brings this part of history very much to life.

  • Ron Jensen
    2018-11-30 07:32

    Interesting history, with much new information for me, but more details than I wanted in many places. Very long book. Heavy on facts and light on analysis. The biggest problem with this book was the audiobook - by far the worst reader I have encountered in 10 years of reading audiobooks. The reader spoke in a droning, haughty British accent, but most annoyingly, he swallowed or mumbled the last word of almost every sentence. I completely lost the meaning of many sentences. This audiobook should definitely be re-read by an intelligible reader.

  • Brad Kirbyson
    2018-11-27 08:20

    I was torn between 4 and 5 stars for this one, but ultimately settled on 4. I like that it is written more for the history buff and professional historians, but even at that it's heavy going at times. I agree with some of the other commenters that you should have a WWII map of Europe beside you when you read the book, plus Google so you can look up who all the people are. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the geography and the people involved, and he assumes you do too. It's still an excellent read about the last days of the war and is mostly accessible to the casual reader

  • Jeff J.
    2018-12-14 13:33

    When picking up a Toland history you can count on a gripping narrative that is both meticulously researched and highly readable. It is remarkable that his account of the last 100 days of World War II manages to ramp up the drama despite the known outcome. Recommended!

  • Jerry Smith
    2018-12-13 07:18

    Ok but I didn't finish it before I had to return it and it was a tad disappointing, maybe due to my expectations. Having said that it is not at all bad and I will return to it I'm sure. My problem with it seems somewhat churlish - I find the detail and the personal stories somewhat distracting and long winded in this context. I realize that is unfair and that detail often makes the book as I have often opined here on Goodreads. However in this case I am really interested in how the last 100 days panned out in terms of the major players on both sides. This is there for sure, but we go through a lot of minutiae in between. This does tell some interesting stories and offers us an different perspective, especially around the atrocities of the invading Red Army. At times here is almost a sympathetic slant put on the German regime which strikes me as a little odd.I'll come back to it because I suspect it will cover the interesting days at the very close of the war but it was somehow unengaging for me

  • Themistocles
    2018-12-11 08:20

    I found parts of this book quite enjoyable and original, while (I admit it) I had to skip others. Toland chooses to go through the last 100 days by following specific incidents that could be good examples of the whole, but it's just not so. For instance, the Americans PoWs occupying a village. It's a very, very interesting story, but not quite representative, and it just doesn't stick with the story-telling, for instance, of the western front politics.For some reason Toland also chooses to go on and on and on about the diplomatic processes, down to minute details of what secretary so-and-so had for dinner in Yalta, or even precisely how Roosevelt's wife spent her day when he died. So, all in all, a very uneven book with lots of interesting parts, some boring ones, and a mediocre total.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-10 08:32

    Not my favorite of Toland's work. Lots of atrocities and lots of repeated atrocities (wait, didn't we just go through this?), plus an (understandable for the time, but still distracting) focus on how bad the Russians/Bolsheviks were and a sort of canonizing of the Americans and even the Germans. "OMG I had like no idea there were concentration camps despite my high position in Nazi leadership!" Suuuuuuurrre.He also has a tendency to just write out the minutes of meetings between Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin, which I could just do myself with primary documents - you look to a popular historian to create narrative and cut things down a bit.I would start with his broader works, and only read this if you really like Toland.It does highlight exactly how delusional Hitler got though - hoo boy.

  • Peter Mendrela
    2018-12-03 11:34

    John Toland's account of the final days of WWII in Europe is, simply put, outstanding! As with his inimitable biography of Hitler, Toland's disinterested yet compelling narrative here is second to none. What makes this achievement unique, however, is his use of perspectival approach which allows the reader to seamlessly move between, and be witness to, power brokers such as Hitler, Stalin, Churchill, and FDR, the military commanders, the plain soldiers, and finally, the civilians. This methodology is a very powerful tool as it shows how seemingly insignificant decisions (made with well-neigh criminal insouciance) by those in power often wrought unimaginable suffering on the powerless civilians caught in the receiving end of the maelstrom of war. This is a tour de force of historical writing and a required reading for any aspiring sleuth of WWII.

  • Edward Weiner
    2018-12-08 10:17

    This is a very long and detailed history that concentrates on the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. I listened to the audible.com version. Very well written. The author tells the story from all sides -- primarily, America, Britain, Russia and Germany. Diplomacy, communications, troop movements, major battles, the impact on civilian populations -- all are described in a chronological narrative; and it is a fair and balanced account. If you think you know all about these fourteen weeks, try this book. You may be surprised to learn how much more there is to the story.

  • Grant
    2018-11-19 13:23

    Though Toland's work has become somewhat dated, his unusual lens, focused on the last 100 days of World War II in Europe, remains useful. Toland includes the highest-level policy decisions of Yalta alongside the most important tactical events, such as the Rhine and Oder crossings, peppered with views from the home fronts, POWs, and the core of the Nazi leadership. He provides useful studies of the deaths of three world leaders - FDR, Mussolini, and Hitler. Overall, a well-written work that still stands, even if Toland didn't know about ULTRA and the like when he wrote it.

  • Zachary
    2018-12-01 12:10

    A very solid account of the last 100 days of World War II in Europe. My only issue with it is that it offers very little in the way of new information. Mind you, I've read so much on the subject that it is hard for me to learn something new. If you're just beginning to read up on the subject, I recommend you start with Cornelius Ryan's "The Last Battle." Nevertheless, Toland's work is well worth your time.

  • Linda Lou McCall
    2018-11-26 10:17

    Great war account - absolutely AWFUL narrator!!! Listening to Ralph Cosham's flat, boring, uninspired reading was worse than jabbing a rusty spoon in my eye! John Toland's great research deserved a much better narrator. Twenty-seven hours and thirty minutes of Cosham's voice was too painful for me to go on after 5 hours. I love Toland's work and would have given the print version 5-stars. Don't put yourself through the pain!

  • D. Wayne
    2018-11-30 13:09

    This provides an intense revelation of the politics and planning behind war. History records wartime leaders during as "greats", or on the flipside, unredeemable evildoers. Do leaders seek war to join the pantheon of "greats"? Recent and current wars don't have the determination and support of the populace for total victory. Greatness in part seems to come from defining victory and achieving it. Where are the lessons on demonstrating greatness through constructive means instead of war?

  • Mary Simonsen
    2018-12-17 11:23

    This is an excellent account of the last 100 days of the Third Reich, including the murderous fight between the Russians and Germans for Berlin. It also chronicles the desperate situation for the Germans in the closing months of the war and its immediate aftermath. A comment frequently heard by Germans at this time was: "Enjoy the war. The peace will be terrible." For those living in the Russian zone, it was. Comment | Permalink

  • Dennis McCrea
    2018-12-11 09:25

    I consider myself a World War II history buff. And I thought I knew quite a bit about the history of World War II as it was conducted both in Europe and elsewhere. But this book certainly field in a lot of empty spaces that in reality I did not realize I had.A great read but a lengthy read as well. I highly recommend this book to anybody who has a deep interest in World War II.