War Gilbert, Martin The Day the War Ended

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The Day the War Ended

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By the author of "The Holocaust". This is a history of the events of 8 May 1945 and its repercussions, published to coincide with the 50th Anniversary celebrations of VE-Day in May 1995. It focuses not only on the events of that day, but also looks forward from that day to the years ahead. The theme of the book is the way in which the world today has been moulded by the events of 8 May 1945. Gilbert traces in narrative form the events and personalities of that day, from the early hours of the morning until midnight, looking at the topics and people first in their 8 May context and then in the wider sweep of the events to which they led across the years. The story of one day's impact and its aftermath combines global perspectives with the stories of individuals.

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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'

About the Author:

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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