Academic journal article Military Review

PATHS OF DEATH AND GLORY: The Last Days of the Third Reich

Academic journal article Military Review

PATHS OF DEATH AND GLORY: The Last Days of the Third Reich

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PATHS OF DEATH AND GLORY: The Last Days of the Third Reich, Charles Whiting, casemate, Havertown, PA, 2003,210 pages, $29.95.

Charles Whiting, a World War II historian and prolific author of dozens of books on the events of 19391945, views the final months of World War II through a diverse groups' experiences and perspectives in his latest work, Paths of Death and Glory: The Last Days of the Third Reich. The book is accurate for the most part but lacks in detailed research or documentation and is filled with Whiting's personal opinions and biases, which unfortunately detract from the book's overall flow.

Whiting presents his material chronologically, with each chapter depicting a different month in the course of 1945. The book however, lacks a narrative standard. Whiting uses vignettes from assorted points of view, depicting various Allied and Axis viewpoints from the highest to the lowest ranks and from the perception of events through the eyes of civilians as well as military personnel. Readers familiar with the final months of the war will not have a problem understanding Whiting's scattered approach. …

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