Book review: Hitler’s Last Day – Minute by Minute by Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie

I have to admit that I have had this on my TBR (To Be Read) Pile for a over year. When I first heard of this book on the History Hit Podcast, I then luckily found it on sale that same week but due to my lack of reading mojo at the time it has unfortunately gathered a bit of dust whilst laying on my shelf up until now.

Even though by the cover and back of the book, I anticipated most of the content to be all about Hitler, the reality is anything but. We do get a timeline of events of not just Hitler but all of the people down in the bunker on that day and the build up to the Fuhrer’s demise. I was not aware of much detail about this period before starting the book and I am aware that some of the information is fairly well known, yet I found the parts about Eva Braun and her conversations down in the bunker particularly interesting and informative.

Despite my initial draw to the book, I recognised early on that Hitler was not the main focus of the book, but it was more so the impact of the ending of the war. The book is fast paced, yet beautifully woven, which encapsulates the stories of different people and all of which are given equal respect and voice. Despite the beautiful web that the authors weave, I did though find the sheer amount of different snapshots at times difficult to place and the book had the tendency to jump from one individual’s story to another so quickly that I needed to read back the paragraph again to understand the context of the story.

Hitler’s Last Day: Minute by Minute is a book that will surprise you, like it did me. Even though the subject of WWII can depress you and remind you of what people can do to each other, I came away feeling warmed. This book is not about Hitler but about humanity. What is refreshing in this book is the strength, equality and importance of everyone’s voice regardless of their social standing or nationality, an example of which being, the importance and detail of a Russian teenage girl and her excitement of the US soldiers’ arrival was shared with the same amount of importance as to what was taking place in Churchill’s office.

Overall a very intriguing and unexpected read..


Four out of Five stars.

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