The last century's great drama yields another great book. As the Axis leaders crumble - his clothes spattered with food, Hitler marries Eva Braun, while Mussolini, dressed in a German uniform, is captured by partisans while pretending to sleep - Stafford follows the fortunes of a handful of individuals at the fag-end of the war. His epic narrative is illuminated with telling detail.
Somehow, morality endured amid the horrors. When a US officer ordered the killing of prisoners after the SS massacred 81 captured Americans, a GI said: "He murdered them."Reuse content