The Last 100 Days: The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Toland

Narrated By: Ralph Cosham

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: July 2014

Duration: 27 hours 35 minutes

Summary:

A dramatic countdown of the final months of World War II in Europe, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more than six hundred people—from Hitler’s personal chauffeur to Generals von Manteuffel, Wenck, and Heinrici; from underground leaders to diplomats; from top Allied field commanders to brave young GIs. Toland adeptly wove together these interviews using research from thousands of primary sources.

When it was first published, The Last 100 Days made history, revealing after-action reports, staff journals, and top-secret messages and personal documents previously unavailable to historians. Since that time it has come to be regarded as one of the greatest historical narratives of the twentieth century.

“Brilliant…The reader is in suspense throughout…Each scene is played out close-up and point-blank, as if one were there, listening to the dialogue, counting the stakes, feeling the emotions of the principals.”—New York Times Book Review

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  • Dean Hetherington

    This is a fine and quite comprehensive account - with some fascinating insight into events that unfolded from accounts of frontline personnel . The narration is terminally average ( the same narrator as the Nuremberg trials audiobook ) - which somewhat detracts from what is otherwise par excellence .

  • Nick Koehn

    Extraordinarily detailed but a Slow delivery. Fascinating behind the scenes info on historic events and discussions between Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt, and Truman.