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Year Zero: A History of 1945

Year Zero: A History of 1945 - Ian Buruma As good as history gets. Year zero is a history of 1945 and the hopes for change that it brought and the gutting of those dreams. In the words of a reviewer, "..A heart-wrenching account of the horrors,the unimaginable cruelties, and the sheer stupidities of the last months of WWII, and the attempt to deal with them in the first few months of peace."

The writing, the organization of thought, the ability to rationally assess history seemingly without an agenda Just masterful. Tying the end of the war to basically all that comes next in 7 decades.
I am beyond words here. Essential reading (but far from easy) for anyone with a pulse.