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Description - The Bunker by James P. O'Donnell

Here is an unforgettable, graphic account of the final days in the Fuhrer's headquarters, deep under the shattered city of Berlin as World War II in Europe drew to a close. From James P. O'Donnell's interviews with fifty eyewitnesses to the madness and carnage,everyone from Albert Speer to generals, staff officers, doctors, Hitler's personal pilot, telephone operators, and secretaries,emerges an account that historian Theodore H. White has hailed as "superb ...quite simply the most accurate and terrifying account of the nightmare and its end I have ever read."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306809583
ISBN-10: 0306809583
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 28mm)
Pages: 424
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The Bunker by James P. O'Donnell

US Kirkus Review » James P. O'Donnell, a Signal Corps Intelligence officer in World War II and a Newsweek correspondent, has written a fresh, exciting account of the last few months of Adolf Hitler's life, that period during which the warlord of the Third Reich buried himself in his bunker while his empire and his entourage disintegrated. There is much here that is already known, but O'Donnell's interviews with some 50 WW II survivors who were actually in Hitler's bunker at various times, has led to some fascinating and convincing speculations. O'Donnell makes a good case, for example, that a secret agent (known as "Mata O'Hara") was able to operate at the very fringes of Hitler's inner circle. He proves, as well, that Martin Bormann is as dead as Hitler, and reveals that the first Russians to enter the bunker were not soldiers, but Russian women in search of Eva Braun's discarded clothes. And what is already public knowledge - Hitler's weakening and escape into fantasy, the confusion and waste of the last defense of Berlin, the attempts by Hitler's entourage to escape the oncoming Russians - is here supported and embellished with new evidence: Albert Speer's written recollections of those days, for instance, are supplemented and broadened by his personal interviews with the author. O'Donnell's prose leaves nothing to be desired - it is not only never dull, but it is also witty, and even at times unpretentiously learned. An exciting treatment of a ghoulishly interesting topic. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - James P. O'Donnell

James P. O'Donnell served as a captain in the Signal Corps in Europe during World War II and in 1945 became the first bureau chief for Newsweek in Germany. His writing appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, and the Washington Post. He died in 1990.