In a sense I started writing this book on April 27, 1945, when I was one of the first three Americans to enter Berlin"". Tully was then a war correspondent, and remained there at that time for three days as a guest of a Russian artillery battalion. Since then he has ""gathered every scrap of available material"" on the fall of Hitler's capital. What he has assembled here is all fact, flashing back and forth among hundreds of characters who range from the sinister crew in the Fuhrerbunker to private citizens cowering in cellars and desperate soldiers from both sides fighting house to house. The incidence of rape and wanton killing is awesome, but so is the display of courage and humanity under stress. And while the list of documentary sources is most comprehensive, at least ""85 per cent of the material... has come from eyewitnesses and is here published for the first time"". To protect living persons, fictitious names have been used in a few cases, but only where the author is sure that the stories they have to tell are ""substantially the truth"". It has a predictable pace and readability- and there will be photo illustrations.