The classic account of the final offensive against Hitler's Third Reich -- newly in print for the 50th anniversary of VE Day.The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater, the last offensive against ...
ve against Hitler's Third Reich, which devastated one of Europe's historic capitals and brought the Nazi leviathan to its downfall. It was also one of the war's bloodiest and most pivotal moments, whose outcome would play a part in determining the complexion of international politics for decades to come.
The Last Battle is the compelling account of this final battle, a story of brutal extremes, of stunning military triumph alongside the stark conditions that the civilians of Berlin experienced in the face of the Allied assault. As always, Ryan delves beneath the military and political forces that were dictating events to explore the more immediate questions of survival, where, as the author describes it, "to eat had become more important than to love, to burrow more dignified than to fight, to exist more militarily correct than to win."
The Last Battle is the story of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians, caught up in the despair, frustration, and terror of defeat. It is history at its best, a masterful illumination of the effects of war on the lives of individuals, and one of the enduring works on World War II.
C. S. Lewis really gives all that he is capable of in this last book of Narnia. The tension escalates throughout the book. The pace quickens continuously. The reader gets completely absorbed into the story. The fight scenes are comparable to theC. S. Lewis really gives all that he is capable of in this last book of Narnia. The tension escalates throughout the book. The pace quickens continuously. The reader gets completely absorbed into the story. The fight scenes are comparable to the best epic tales like Lord of the Rings, and I really look forward to seeing The Last Battle made into a movie!
Then the plot turns unexpectedly at the last quarter of the book. Here I would've downgraded my rating, had I not remembered that Lewis meant to draw a parallel with the Bible. The turning of the plot does make sense when you consider the message of the entire story - even if you're not really satisfied at the outcome of the battle....Continua Nascondi