The Bitter Road to Freedom by William I. Hitchcock audiobook

The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe

By William I. Hitchcock
Read by Mel Foster

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200125951

  • ISBN: 9798200125944

  • ISBN: 9798200125968

Runtime: 18.10 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

Americans are justly proud of the role the United States played in liberating Europe from Nazi tyranny. For many years, we have celebrated the courage of the Allied soldiers, sailors, and aircrews who defeated Hitler's regime and restored freedom to the continent. But in recounting the heroism of the "greatest generation," Americans often overlook the wartime experiences of European people themselves—the very people for whom the war was fought. In this brilliant new book, historian William I. Hitchcock surveys the European continent from D-Day to the final battles of the war and the first few months of the peace. Based on exhaustive research in five nations and dozens of archives, Hitchcock's groundbreaking account shows that the liberation of Europe was both a military triumph and a human tragedy of epic proportions. Hitchcock gives voice to those who were on the receiving end of liberation, moving them from the edge of the story to the center. From France to Poland to Germany, from concentration camp internees to refugees, farmers to shopkeepers, husbands and wives to children, the experience of liberation was often difficult and dangerous. Their gratitude was mixed with guilt or resentment. Their lives were difficult to reassemble. This strikingly original, multinational history of liberation brings to light the interactions of soldiers and civilians, the experiences of noncombatants, and the trauma of displacement and loss amid unprecedented destruction. This book recounts a surprising story, often jarring and uncomfortable, and one that has never been told with such richness and depth. Today, with American soldiers once again waging wars of liberation in faraway lands, this book serves as a timely and sharp reminder of the terrible human toll exacted by even the most righteous of wars.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The first book I have read that explicitly addresses the plight of civilians during the ‘crusade for Europe’…This tale vividly demonstrates that there was no cause for triumphalism in the condition of Europe following the defeat of Hitler.” Sunday Times (London)
“A powerful and important new work of history…A thorough, passionate corrective to any simple telling of the terrible last year of this war.” Financial Times
“Remarkable…Underlines that the liberation of Europe was both a major military triumph and a human tragedy of epic proportions.” Irish Times (Dublin)

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Author

Author Bio: William I. Hitchcock

Author Bio: William I. Hitchcock

William I. Hitchcock is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Age of Eisenhower and The Bitter Road to Freedom, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A graduate of Kenyon College and Yale University, he is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 18.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English