In September 1945 the circumstances surrounding Hitler's death were dark and mysterious. Hugh Trevor-Roper, an intelligence officer, was given the task of uncovering the last few weeks of Hitler's life. His brilliant piece of detective work proved finally that Hitler had killed himself and also tells the story of the last days of the Thousand Year Reich in the Berlin Bunker.
Long acclaimed as a masterpiece of modern history, Hugh Trevor-Roper's astonishingly compact account of the final episode in the life of Hitler and his Nazi empire has gracefully withstood the passage of time, arriving at its seventh edition perfectly unscathed. In a new preface, Trevor-Roper recounts the further details about Hitler's death that have been revealed to scholarship, mainly from Russian records, and states (with justifiable satisfaction) that except for some inessential matters the story is as he told it a half-century ago, when the British Intelligence Services asked him to uncover the facts. Written in a straightforward style with only occasional academic references, the book is utterly engrossing for its intimate perspective on the personalities and events connected to Hitler's demise. Friends, lovers, sycophants, traitors, worshippers and manipulators, Trevor-Roper presents the dramatis personae in vivid and sometimes horrifying detail. Little dates the book, except for a penchant for classical reference and some generalizations pertaining to racial characteristics like 'the Latin clarity' of Dr Goebbels, and 'the Teutonic mind' of Germans in general. The footnotes are unfailingly precise and occasionally hilarious for their disabusing of the myths and inaccuracies surrounding events. A classic. (Kirkus UK)