The End of War by David L. Robbins

The End of War

Berlin, January 1945.The war draws to a close, but the fight for a vanquished city -- and for history -- is just beginning.In the final months of the war in Europe, the last act of a five-year conflagration is about to be played out. As Allied generals surround the mortally wounded Nazi military machine, strategies are being formed on a greater scale than even generals can imagine.While Churchill fumes helplessly, Roosevelt makes crucial decision...


Details The End of War

TitleThe End of War
ISBN9780553581386
Author
Release DateMay 29th, 2001
PublisherBantam
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Military Fiction
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Reviews The End of War

  • Vijai
    2012-12-06
    One of the most enjoyable reads in the recent times. The author does right to the wrongs the German people in the annuls of history were put through for what was the fault of Hitler and his henchmen. That and how he shows that the so called Titans of war were just petty men at the breakfast table. There is this scene where (one of) the female protagonists in the story realizes the price her mother was paying to bring home black market food for di...
  • Alex Teixeira
    2009-10-11
    I actually heard this as an Audiobook after a friend recommended it. By the way ... the reader here was fantastic! His name escapes me, but if you find this audiobook in your library, check it out!An awesome piece of WWII fiction that takes place in the final months of the war in Europe. Loved it.
  • MG
    2008-06-23
    This book is a fictional account of the last days of WWII. You see the war through the eyes of a magazine photographer, two German women struggling to survive in a doomed Berlin, and two Soviet Soldiers assigned to a penal regiment. You also see the war though the eyes of Chrchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt.Sometimes, you can get a birds eye view of a subject. Sometimes, you can get aa ant's view.This book does an excellent job of giving you both.
  • Ty
    2008-09-22
    Okay, here's the thing. This book is a tough read because of all the different stories going on. However, there is a mastery of subject here rarely matched and in the end you are more than glad you read it through. The stories are moving and informative and the writing is terrific. It's been years since I read this book and I think of it often.It gets 3 stars for the read and the fourth star for the moving stories. It gets the final fifth star fo...
  • David
    2008-06-09
    This was a great book. Robbins writing is a delight and the time he puts into research is clearly evident in the plot details. The End of War is basically a Greek Tragedy set in WWII, with the "Gods" -- Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin -- meddling into the lives of "mortals" by playing geopolitics as their armies race to take Berlin. I can't succinctly put into words the plot or the sophistication of Robbin's writing. Just trust me that this is a ...
  • Will
    2014-01-01
    Interesting read although the writing was weak. Graphic depiction of the destruction of Berlin at the end of the war. Shows what appears as the skill of the Russians and naiveté of Americans such as Roosevelt and Eisenhower in grabbing position as the war winds down.
  • Neil Smithline
    2016-01-31
    Really great historical fiction. You can hear Churchill disucssing the war with Anthony Eden. And the rivalry between Churchill and Roosevelt. ANd how Stalin tricked them both.Great read. Makes the political figures come alive.
  • Jbsfaculty
    2010-07-22
    I loved this book. This fictionalized accouint of the fall of Berlin looks at the months from the combined perspectives of a German female cello player whose mother is hiding a Jew, of two russian soldiers, of an American Life photographer, as well as Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt.
  • Beverly
    2009-02-23
    It was like looking through a prism at a time in history which I thankfully didn't have to experience first hand.
  • FrankRA1
    2018-02-26
    This was an ok book, it wasn't boring but it also wasn't like "I neeeeeed to keep reading." But what i felt like was keeping this book back was the switching, it's trying to tell 5 stories at once, the stories are of diff people throughout the war like the first one which is about a man called Charley and how the war affected him. Then there's another of a German woman who is a cellist and how the war is affecting her, this is for all of the 5 st...
  • Peter
    2018-01-27
    Based on the race for Berlin in 1945 with four parallel stories, Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt, and more successfully and naturally an American photographer determined to be the first to Berlin, a female cellist in Berlin and two Russians in a penal battalion. Moving, fast-paced and with fine characterisation this is an exceptionally convincing and believable account of the last four months of the War.
  • Bill
    2017-12-02
    This was a very interesting approach to depicting the climax of the war in Europe. Robbins' treatment of the FDR-Churchill-Stalin was particularly intriguing, providing me with an insight into their dynamic that I hadn't really thought about before. I would recommend this novel to anyone interested in WW II and its aftermath.
  • Pete
    2018-02-06
    This is an excellent follow up to Robbin's 'War of the Rats' novel. The writing is very strong with excellent characterizations. The story deals with the final months of Hitler's Reich and the race to capture Berlin. The author presents this from four different perspectives and each is memorable.
  • Warren
    2017-10-24
    Not a great historical exploration. Characters weakly drawn. But quite a page turner.
  • Jon-Paul Bibeau
    2018-03-19
    Amazing book the encompasses the end of World War 2.Tremendous stories about those that lived thru the final days of the war. Both sides are represented. One of the best fictional accounts.
  • Simeon
    2017-07-31
    A/un - Poetic - 4.7/5 12/23/2008 Finished - "The End of War" - David Robbins - Excellent story on advance and capture of Berlin - 5/5 good research and character development and lyrical writing - Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, US war photographer, mother and daughter in Berlin, two Russian soldiers- also interesting interview at the end with author - theory of writing is to put characters in situation and let them evolve vice recollective theory o...
  • ⚔️Kelanth⚔️
    2011-01-20
    La fine della guerra è un libro di David L. Robbins, in originale "The end of war" del 2000. Fa parte del filone storico "World War II novels", gli altri titoli di questo filone sono: "Fortezza Stalingrado", "Operazione cittadella" e "La strada della libertà".La trama è presto scritta: siamo all'inizio del 1945 e l'esito della guerra appare ormai deciso; Berlino è ormai circondata, da una parte le forze alleate con in testa gli americani e da...
  • Shubham
    2014-09-25
    Berlin, 1945.The war advances to a exit.the work half done is more worse than nothing. The defeat of the Nazis is just the beginning for this 'RACE'- race to control the monopoly of the defeated city, race to mark a sign in the world history of 20th century, RACE TO PROPAGATE THE INFLUENCE OF ONE'S OWN IDEOLOGY AND TRADE IN THE SUCCESSIVE YEARS OF THE WORLD WAR. .Berliners living in abysmal condition rolled as a football between the Nazis and the...
  • Kimberly
    2010-08-29
    Gives great personal context to the events of the end of World War II. I enjoyed learning more about a few of the real people that participated. Gives a good feel of the emotions and opinions of several sides. I'm sure it will be more interesting for people that know a lot about World War II; I don't know enough of the history and got lost from time to time because the author doesn't often step back and give the larger context for the detailed st...
  • Joni
    2009-12-23
    Race for Berlin, perspective of Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin
  • amanda
    2012-03-16
    this was not bad and i love books about world war II.
  • Brandi Judd
    2014-10-15
    Really liked the different points of view of World War II from the many characters.
  • Simon Koenig
    2012-02-12
    I thought this was a great read. Use of different view points through out the book (German, Russian, American) helped tell a complete story.
  • Jason
    2011-10-07
    I just couldn't get into this book. Right from the start I found it dry and uninteresting.
  • Robbie
    2008-01-26
    Great World War II novel...
  • William Hill
    2012-07-30
    Engrossing story of the final days of WWII in Europe. Told masterfully from different point of view. Five stars - -
  • Dan Cotter
    2014-12-28
    David Robbins writes excellent historical fiction around WWII. This book centers on the race for Berlin and shows the Allied forces and the breaking down of trust and discussions.
  • Robert
    2015-10-26
    I've really enjoyed both of David L Robbins books about World War II, both having great detail and narratives, and characterizations.