Hitler’s Last Days

Hitler's Last DaysWritten by Bill O’Reilly

This book is a fascinating look into the last months of Adolph Hitler’s life. And it’s not a very pretty picture. The most notorious dictator in the world was slowly descending into a life of ill-health and the sure knowledge that his plans for world domination and power were rapidly crumbling in the face of an all-out assault by the Allied troops. Ultimately, he (and his wife of one day, Eva Braun) committed suicide in an underground bunker in Berlin on April 30, 1945. Immediately afterwards the bodies of the German Fuhrer and his wife were wrapped in blankets and taken above ground to be burned. Hitler had been determined that he would not be taken prisoner nor would his body be displayed and mocked in death. Thus ended the life of one of the most reviled yet complex men to have ever lived. The many black and white photographs in the book are both intriguing and illuminating, giving the reader thought-provoking insights into a world at war. I would recommend this book for 6th grade and up.

Review by Lynda H. Wilson, David Gourley Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: 6th grade and up

Hitler’s Last Days
Written by Bill O’Reilly
Henry Holt and Company
306 pages
Release Date: June 9, 2015

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