By Antony Beevor
Prosecuzione ideale di Stalingrado, quest'opera racconta un altro assedio: los angeles battaglia casa in step with casa con l. a. quale l'Armata Rossa conquistò Berlino nel maggio del 1945, ponendo superb alla guerra in Europa. Il racconto, corredato da un ricco apparato illustrativo e cartografico, non si limita all'epilogo, ma abbraccia according to intero gli ultimi mesi del conflitto, decisivi e atroci: l'avanzata sovietica e los angeles resistenza accanita delle forze tedesche; l. a. tragedia dei profughi della Prussia orientale; l. a. vendetta dei sovietici in risposta alle atrocità commesse dai nazisti quando occupavano buona parte della Russia; il delirio di Hitler nel bunker in attesa di un miracolo che rovesciasse all'improvviso le sorti della guerra; l. a. rivalità fra gli Alleati; i suicidi e le fughe misteriose dei gerarchi nazisti. Questa tragica vicenda viene rivista alla luce dei nuovi documenti emersi dagli archivi (soprattutto russi, ma anche tedeschi, americani, inglesi francesi e svedesi) e delle molte interviste con i soldati e i civili di entrambi i fronti. Grazie alle sue straordinarie doti di narratore, Antony Beevor riesce a ricostruire gli atti, i pensieri, le scelte dei capi politici e militari e l. a. vita quotidiana, l'odio e il terrore, gli stupri, l. a. violenza disumana e l. a. follia della guerra.
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Berlino 1945: La caduta (BUR Storia) by Antony Beevor