The Last Battle Author:Cornelius Ryan "A Masterpiece.... A remarkable reconstruction of that immense and complicated battleground....filled with drama...of ordinary people in the last days of a dead or dying city, of a milkman watching to see if the picture of Hitler disappears off the wall of a high Nazi official, of a housewife wondering when she should set out her potato plants, ... more »of a priest seeking the right words to tell 60 unwordly nuns that they are in danger of being raped, of some 3,000 Jews who are still alive--incredibly--in secret hideouts, of an allied spy shopping for delicacies with the Nazi elite and trying to find out if Hitler is in Berlin..." THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"The book's real power lies in the irony it conveys, in the use of history not only to document the past but to present a human spectacle raised to the nth power, in which reason and unreason, folly and luck, stupidity and intelligence, courage and cowardice rage back and forth in a modern arena."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"An extraordinary piece of work... Berlin and Berliners reeling, crumbling under Russian hammer-blows. Suicide, cynicism, heroism--a mosaic of stories, anecdotes and drama as the city disintegrates. Superbly researched and narrated."