Great history puts in the moment of the people experiencing the events. It gives you a sense of what it must have been like.
The Last Battle by Cornelius Ryan does this. Reading the book you can picture the zookeeper at the Berlin zoo having to keep the rare stork in his bath to protect it. You can see in your mind’s eye very clearly what it must have been like to take part in the Soviet night attack that used so many floodlights it was like daytime. You can comprehend the Berlin residents who waited in line for milk and bread in the middle of bombing raids.
The Last Battle is a really engrossing read. Furthermore, by covering the last few months of the war it gives the history fan like myself insight to a period which many narratives of the war skip over or give in very brief detail.
A strong recommend.