Georges Blond, a French journalist (you may remember his novel of seal-hunting. The Plunderers- 1951) has synthesized wide research of Germany's last year under Hitler into a wonderfully paced narrative. He opens here with the attack of July 20, 1944, on the life of Hitler. The bomb, set off by his own officers, did not kill Hitler but it shattered him, and his deterioration, along with that of the German military situation, were clearly visible from then on. Blond describes vividly the German counter-offensives on both fronts: he is equally at home detailing military maneuvers- and men- Von Rundstedt, Himmler, Keaselring, Donitz and Hitler. And he follows Hitler as he sacrificed his Generals, then his people with his scorched earth policy, to the ""Apocalypse"", the Battle of Berlin-told from Hitler's underground bunker. An exciting story, this has neither rancor or sentimentality, and should arouse an audience beyond the student and devotee of military history.