Endgame, 1945

The Missing Final Chapter of World War II
By David Stafford (Trade Paperback, 2009)
To end a history of World War II at VE Day is to leave the tale half told. While the war may have seemed all but over by Hitler's final birthday (April 20), Stafford's chronicle of the three months that followed tells a different, and much richer, story.

ENDGAME, 1945 highlights the gripping personal stories of nine men and women, ranging from soldiers to POWs to war correspondents, who witnessed firsthand the Allied struggle to finish the terrible game at last. Through their ground-level movements, Stafford traces the elaborate web of events that led to the war's real resolution: the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau, and the Allies' race with the Red Army to establish a victors' foothold in Europe, to name a few. From Hitler's April decision never to surrender to the start of the Potsdam Conference, Stafford brings an unprecedented focus to the war's "final chapter."

Narrative history at its most compelling, ENDGAME, 1945 is the riveting story of three turbulent months that truly shaped the modern world.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316035996

    • On Sale Date: 02/11/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

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To end a history of World War II at VE Day is to leave the tale half told. While the war may have seemed all but over by Hitler's final birthday (April 20), Stafford's chronicle of the three months that followed tells a different, and much richer, story.

ENDGAME, 1945 highlights the gripping personal stories of nine men and women, ranging from soldiers to POWs to war correspondents, who witnessed firsthand the Allied struggle to finish the terrible game at last. Through their ground-level movements, Stafford traces the elaborate web of events that led to the war's real resolution: the deaths of Hitler and Mussolini, the liberation of Buchenwald and Dachau, and the Allies' race with the Red Army to establish a victors' foothold in Europe, to name a few. From Hitler's April decision never to surrender to the start of the Potsdam Conference, Stafford brings an unprecedented focus to the war's "final chapter."

Narrative history at its most compelling, ENDGAME, 1945 is the riveting story of three turbulent months that truly shaped the modern world.

A leading writer on military intelligence and project director at the Center for Second World War Studies at the University of Edinburgh, David Stafford is the author of Churchill and the Secret Service, Spies Beneath Berlin, and Ten Days to D-Day. 
  • "Splendid. . . . A seamless narrative that begins on April 20, Hitler's birthday, and at times is as thrilling as a John le Carr√© novel. . . . One closes this book not only with a grim satisfaction for a victory won, but with a profound sadness at man's inhumanity to man." (Newark Star-Ledger).

  • "A gripping story of a dark time, powerfully told. . . . Stafford's witnesses are up close and personal, and their stories have freshness and pungency." (Globe and Mail (Toronto)).

  • "Fascinating. . . . The purpose of this book is to put a human face on the bewildering scale of death and devastation. David Stafford does it most compellingly." (Times (London)).

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Endgame, 1945
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
  • Pages: 624
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316035996
  • On Sale Date: 02/11/2009
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