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No 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...

Listen to another Novel of World War II by Jeff Shaara.
©2009 Jeff Shaara; (P)2009 Random House

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  • Greg
  • North Alabama
  • 09-28-12

A Must for WWII aficionados! Best of the trilogy!

Would you listen to No Less Than Victory again? Why?

A few books are good enough to listen to every 5-7 years. After some time passes, you remember that you enjoyed it very much, but you have forgotten those parts that made the story so engaging. This is one such book, which I will return to.

What did you like best about this story?

I really got a picture of the foot soldier's predicament. Shaara placed me THERE with them in the Ardennes, shivering in the foxhole, going out on my first patrol, wondering about the noises coming through the woods, cowering before enemy artillery bombardments, amazed at the war machine coming toward me with the intention of killing my just-arrived butt. I've read several of Shaara's books, and they all are excellent. The first two books of this trilogy were very fine, but I was particularly struck by following these foot soldiers as they fought the Battle Of The Bulge. At last I have a feel for what they went through.

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  • Carroll
  • Hilo, HI, United States
  • 12-04-13

An awesome narrative of brutal times!

Again, his research with survivors, beyond documents, resulted in a narrative I could not put down.... the classic histories cover all the facts, but Shaara's ability to weave surviving veterans interviews in to first person drama is amazing.... for any veteran who's been fired on, a reader gets the same shocks soldiers try to suppress and still fight... that's a big challenge for most writers! Well done.

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Nicely written, well narrated - Good Listen

Very well done book and narration. Nice historical research, WWII vet concurs with unit action too.

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No Less Than Victory

Another brilliant look into the people and their emotions in the drive toward Berlin. Hard to stop listening to this one too.. Great Listen.

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Gripping Narrative of WW II

'No Less Than Victory' is an outstanding reading of Jeff Shaara's final book in the WW II trilogy of the European theatre. It contains incredible details beyond what you find in high school and college history survey courses. Jeff Shaara has done remarkable research to come up with believable, though fictional, first person accounts of an incredible time in our nation's and the world's history -- "our finest hour" as Winston Churchill put it. Paul Michael delivers a superb performance deftly conveying the raw emotion and intensity of the battle and excels in the character acting of the various voices including Churchill, General Dwight Eisenhower, General George Patton, and Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, to name a few, as well as paratroopers, tankers, general infantry, and bomber aircrew. I'd highly recommend this series to all those interested in knowing more about WW II's European theater from Operation Torch, the Normandy invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, the end of the Nazi regime, and concluding with the Victory in Europe. As a student of history, I learned a lot, and I think you will too.

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NO LESS THAN GREAT

This is a fantastic conclusion to the European side of Jeff Shaara's WWII epic. The author makes you feel cold, frightened then desperate and lonely...but in the end, he makes you feel relief that the war ended. This book is history with a strong beating pulse--you don't just learn history, you feel it. This work is amazing, and I don't think anyone can read it without feeling profoundly impacted. The description of the Battle of the Bulge is by far the highlight. I also love how he ends the book with a discussion of what happened to each character in the future. This is a "must read" book.

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  • Charles
  • Manteno, IL, United States
  • 03-23-10

Not the same energy

Mr. Shaara again tells a great story with superb skill; however, it does not have the same energy and grip as the first two in the series. He moves away from the Airborne and other elite forces in tell the story of November 1944 through the end of the war. It would have been nice if they had again been included. Still a good read.

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Evan Review

Jeff gives a great first person description what it like to be a front line soldier from Battle of the Bluge across France into Germany during WW2.

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Fictional yet

I have become a complete Shasta
addict.

I haven't even touched the Civil War books yet and I still have a couple more 20th century stories. A great use of time and brain cells!

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Decent Book

Shaara mixes history with fictional characters to put together an interesting book. Definitely worth reading