|Antony Beevor's latest|
Beevor excels at making the impact of the war come home to the reader. The crime of rape seems to have increased exponentially during the war.
|Soviet T-34, FHC, Everett,WA|
Beevor is unsparing in his portraits of the war's leaders. Hitler and Stalin are ruthless fanatics with unbounded paranoia like the Roman emperors of old. Commander Kelly's rule: "Give a ruler absolute power of life and death over his subjects and he will make enemies, take lives, fear violent retribution and perpetuate an endless cycle of violence".
|Commander K. and P - 51, FHC, Everett, WA|
|Commander K. and B-17, Museum of Flight, Seattle, Wa|
|ME - 109, Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA|
Beevor's account even contains moments of black comedy in the grim narrative. "Just a few hours after the execution of her sister's husband, Eva Braun married Adolf Hitler. Goebbels and Bormann were the witnesses. It was a daunting task for the bewildered registrar, who had been dragged back from a Volkssturm detachment. He had to ask both Hitler and Braun, according to Nazi law, whether they were of pure Aryan descent and free from hereditary diseases." Commander Kelly must ask, "Has there ever been more joy in a single room since Adolf and Eva's wedding night?"
The Second World War is a particularly timely work insofar as it discusses Stalin's misunderstanding of the democratic process in the west. Stalin could not believe that FDR had died of natural causes, he must have been assassinated by a plotting Truman! Stalin could also not understand how Churchill could have "allowed himself" to be replaced after he was voted out as Prime minister by the British electorate after V/E day. It is very difficult for those who are have only experienced a police/fear state to comprehend how free societies actually operate. Today we observe middle eastern countries whose masses assume that all American movies are controlled by the American government.
|German Jagdpanzer, FHC, Everett, WA|
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