Five Days that Shocked the World


Good histórical writing is always entertaining, no matter how old the story.  Such is the case with Five Days that Shocked the World (Thistle Publishing).  British author Nicholas Best has woven first hand accounts of the deaths of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and German leader Adolf Hitler and the related events of April 28 to May 2, 1945 into a fast moving, easy reading retelling of the end of World War II.

The best events of the book are the execution of Mussolini and the last hours in the Fuhrer bunker.  Amidst all the tragedy, Best reveals ironic comedy.  Mussolini’s widow, Rachele (he always told her that she was his one true love) had to endure the insult that Mussolini was buried with his mistress, but not her.

Five Days that Shocked the World is a worthy companion for a long train or airplane ride.   Next time in Europe, I will visit the gasoline station in Milano, where Mussolini was hanged—and then go shopping for threads.


Nicholas Best



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