Less Than Victory is the crowning achievement in master storyteller
Jeff Shaara’s soaring World War II trilogy, revealing the European
war’s unforgettable and harrowing final act.
After the success of the Normandy invasion, the Allied commanders
are buoyantly confident that the war in Europe will be over in a
matter of weeks, that Hitler and his battered army have no other
option than surrender. But despite the advice of his best military
minds, Hitler will hear no talk of defeat. In mid-December 1944,
the Germans launch a desperate and ruthless counteroffensive in
the Ardennes forest, utterly surprising the unprepared Americans
who stand in their way. Through the frigid snows of the mountainous
terrain, German tanks and infantry struggle to realize Hitler’s
goal: divide the Allied armies and capture the vital port at Antwerp.
The attack succeeds in opening up a wide gap in the American lines,
and for days chaos reigns in the Allied command. Thus begins the
Battle of the Bulge, the last gasp by Hitler’s forces that becomes
a horrific slugging match, some of the most brutal fighting of the
war. As American commanders respond to the stunning challenge, the
German spear is finally blunted.
Though some in the Nazi inner circle continue the fight to secure
Germany’s postwar future, the Führer makes it clear that he is fighting
to the end. He will spare nothing–not even German lives–to preserve
his twisted vision of a “Thousand Year Reich.” But in May 1945,
the German army collapses, and with Russian troops closing in, Hitler
commits suicide. As the Americans sweep through the German countryside,
they unexpectedly encounter the worst of Hitler’s crimes, the concentration
camps, and young GIs find themselves absorbing firsthand the horrors
of the Holocaust.
Presenting his riveting account through the eyes of Eisenhower
and Patton and the young GIs who struggle face-to-face with their
enemy, and through the eyes of Germany’s old soldier, Gerd von Rundstedt,
and Hitler’s golden boy, Albert Speer, Jeff Shaara carries the reader
on a journey that defines the spirit of the soldier and the horror
of a madman’s dreams. No Less Than Victory further solidifies Shaara’s
reputation as this era’s most accomplished author of historical
Hardback, 448 pages, 6x9, 2009, $28.00.