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The last days of Hitler
Trevor-Roper, H. R. (Hugh Redwald), 1914-2003.
University of Chicago Press edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Physical Description:
288 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: 6th ed. London : Papermac and Macmillan Press, 1987.
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Late in 1945, Trevor-Roper was appointed by British Intelligence in Germany to investigate conflicting evidence surrounding Hitler's final days and to produce a definitive report on his death. The author, who had access to American counterintelligence files and to German prisoners, focuses on the last ten days of Hitler's life, April 20-29, 1945, in the underground bunker in Berlin--a bizarre and gripping episode punctuated by power play and competition among Hitler's potential successors.

"From exhaustive research [Trevor-Roper] has put together a carefully documented, irrefutable, and unforgettable reconstruction of the last days in April, 1945."-- New Republic

"A book sound in its scholarship, brilliant in its presentation, a delight for historians and laymen alike."--A. J. P. Taylor, New Statesman

Author Notes

Hugh Redwald Trevor-Roper was born at Glanton, England on January 15, 1914. He studied modern history at Christ Church, Oxford, and soon afterwards he published a study of Archbishop Laud. During the World War II, he worked in British intelligence. In 1945, he was assigned by his superiors to write a report on the death of Hitler, which became The Last Days of Hitler. After the war, he taught history at Christ Church, where he was made Regius Professor of Modern History from 1957 to 1980. In 1979, Margaret Thatcher made Trevor-Roper a life peer as Lord Dacre of Glanton. He was then Master of Peterhouse College, Cambridge from 1980 until he retired in 1987.

Trevor-Roper's scholarly reputation suffered in April 1983 when he authenticated about 60 volumes said to be Hitler's diaries, which turned out to be falsified. His other works included The Rise of Christian Europe, The European Witch Craze of the 16th and 17th Centuries, From Counter Reformation to Glorious Revolution, and The Philby Affair. He died on January 26, 2003 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Sixth Edition
Introduction to Third Edition
Preface to Fifth Edition
1 Hitler and his court
2 Hitler in defeat
3 The court in defeat
4 Crisis and decision
5 The siege of the Bunker
6 Et tu Brute
7 The death of Hitler
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