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Five Days that Shocked the World

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Susan A, Reviewer

Last updated on 25 Mar 2018

I Recommend This Book


I obtained a free copy via Netgalley for a honest and true review.

Five Days that Shocked the World: Eyewitness Accounts from Europe at the end of World War II by Nicholas Best is a fantastic read and perfect for all the history buffs out there! 

In the book we follow a young Walter Cronkite as he parachutes into Holland with a Canadian troop; photographer Lee Miller capturing the evidence of Nazi atrocities; the future Pope Benedict returning home and hoping not to be caught and shot after deserting his unit; Audrey Hepburn no longer having to fear conscription into a Wehrmacht brothel; and even an SS doctor's descriptions of a decadent sex orgy in Hitler's bunker.

A good history book is all about the writing of the author and Nicholas Best does not disappoint. There are hundreds and hundreds of books on WWII but this isn't  a book that will fall lost in the scholarship of WWII. 

Anyone who loves history but specifically World War II I would definitely recommend this book!

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