From the pen of ‘our giving living factual historian’ (Paul Johnson) comes this remarkable history which recreates the events and emotions of the final days of the Second World War and Victory-in-Europe Day 1945.
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"Anyone who wants to savour the exact mood across the world of that magical day of May 8, 1945 should read 'The Day the War Ended' by Martin Gilbert. Somehow the amazingly prolific Gilbert has managed to find time to compile an extraordinarily readable account of what everybody, literally everybody, was doing and thinking on VE-Day. It will be an essential companion for historians."
ALISTAIR HORNE, 'The Times'
"Martin Gilbert's magnificent book is a tremendous portrait of Europe in the weeks and months around VE-Day, supplemented by glimpses of what was happening elsewhere – notably in the Far East… We have a breath-taking panorama of the whole European continent at one of the most fateful moments of its history… I cannot begin to reflect the richness, the sadness and the complexity of such a terrific 'mise-en-scène'. Out of the nightmare, out of the endless tattered processions of refugees, the divisions victorious and defeated milling this way and that, the vile prisons festering with disease, a thousand pungent details and incongruous names leap out of the pages… Fifty years on, as Europe celebrates that famous victory, can we be sure that we shall never hear such a heart-rending 'cri de coeur' again?"
JAN MORRIS, 'Independent'
"An indispensable chronicle of events and memories, placed in the setting of a global conflict on a day by day basis."
DONALD CAMERON WATT, 'Financial Times'
"This is a story of beginnings and endings, and their various strands have been woven into a richly detailed book which brilliantly evokes the mood of the time. It is also a timely reminder of the values we were fighting to uphold and a moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit."
LAWRENCE JAMES, 'Evening Standard'
Martin Gilbert was born in London in 1936 and educated at Highgate School and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1962, he became research assistant to Randolph Churchill and, after Randolph’s death, succeeded him as biographer of Sir Winston Churchill. He is the author of many works of history and lives in London and Jerusalem.
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Book Description HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LTD, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006863442