The book club choice of this for distribution will give it an impetus that it would not otherwise have had. Those interested in what went on behind the scenes in the months of German collapse will read it for its controversial slant on resistance and its contradiction of the movement within the army, which culminated in the abortive attempt on Hitler's life. The Life condensation -- in the Spring- stimulated the curiosity of some readers who asked for more. Consider all of these factors in deciding how to stock it.... In the book, an English historian maps the decline of a despot, against the background of character, personalities and events of Hitler's tenure of power. He contradicts the findings in They Almost Killed Hitler edited by Gasvernitz (Macmillan-see report P.88), in denying the ""resistance"" movement in the Army ranks. He emphasizes the struggle between Hess, Goering, Goebbels, Himmler, the influence of Hitler's physicians, the corruption of absolute power. The last days are chronicled minute-by-minute, time-clocking all final events of Hitler's and Eva Braun's lives (documented by primary source material, interviews, and so on), he weighs the last ounce of supposition against available facts. In contrast to the history-gossip material, this also surveys the change in government from 1941 on, the ensuing collapse of Nazism, limns the character of Nazi politics and Hitler's power, and produces a telling brief against totalitarianism. This should satisfy any existing curiosity, and give the lie to rumor, in its authentic detail.