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Nemesis of Power: The German Army in Politics 1918-1945, 2nd Edition Paperback – 1 Sep 2005


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'It is, by its very detail, a fascinating book, and by its scope a majestic book and by its scholarship an illuminating book.' - Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times

'No-one...can rise from The Nemesis of Power without a keen sense of the stature, quality and equipment of [Sir John] Wheeler-Bennett as a contemporary historian.' - Lord Longford, Catholic Herald

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SIR JOHN W. WHEELER-BENNETT died in 1975. He was Historical Adviser to the Royal Archives, Fellow of St. Antony's College, Oxford, UK and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Arizona. He wrote biographies of King George VI, Hindenburg and Viscount Waverley and several works on Modern German history. His three-volume autobiography is published under the titles Knaves, Fools and Heroes: In Europe Between the Wars, Special Relationships: America in Peace and War and Friends, Enemies and Sovereigns.

RICHARD OVERY is Professor of Modern European History in the Department of History, King's College London, UK.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
THE book to read on the German army in the inter-war period 19 July 2004
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I was privileged to know and study under Sir John Wheeler-Bennett in the last six years of his life, when he taught at New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He was a charming, courtly, witty and brilliant man, a thoroughly-trained historian and diplomat, who lived through the period he studied and knew most of the great figures of his time. That is a very rare combination.
Wheeler-Bennett was an insider, a member of the Duff Cooper-Winston Churchill group, who lived in Germany for a considerable part of the inter-war period, until a fortuitous combination of a trip and a warning enabled him to escape being killed during the "Night of the Long Knives." He maintained clandestine ties with some dissident members of the German General Staff through the war, and directed the Allies' organization and publication of the German Archives thereafter.
"Nemesis of Power" is not a quick read, but it is absolutely fascinating, and it still has a great deal of invaluable information more than forty-five years after its writing.
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The Relationship Between Adolf Hitler and the German Army 26 Jun. 2009
By Cody Carlson - Published on Amazon.com
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Sir John Wheeler-Bennett served the British government in Germany during the 1920s and early 1930s and knew many of the key figures in this narrative personally. He barely escaped Hitler's wrath during the 1934 "Night of the Long Knives" when he was targeted for murder by an SS death squad.

Yet despite his personal involvement in these events, (or perhaps because of them), Wheeler-Bennett offers an amazing and exhaustively detailed account of the political-military nexus in Germany from the end of World War I until the end of World War II. Originally intended to be only a history of the anti-Nazi resistance within the military, Wheeler-Bennett wisely extended his scope to deal with all facets of the political-military relationship.

This is a dense book, and not one for the casual reader or student just beginning his studies on Nazi Germany or the Second World War in Europe. But for those seeking a truly detailed and informative narrative of this topic, Wheeler-Bennett's "The Nemesis of Power, The German Army in Politics, 1918-1945" is sure to prove informative.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Eyewitness To History 24 Sept. 2007
By Bromptonboy - Published on Amazon.com
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The absolute definitive account of the German General Staff between the World Wars - 1918 to 1939 - written by Sir John Wheeler-Bennet. The timber of this work is rather kindly disposed to the General Staff - not to the Nazis. As a matter of fact, one of my professors at University accused him of being the 'Apologist of the General Staff'.

JW-B was of a conservative - or Right Wing disposition - and was himself something of a controversial figure - given his views of the resistance movement against Hitler.

Another work of his (for students of the period) would be his book; Brest-Litovsk: The Forgotten Peace.
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Outstanding scholarship and detail 8 Sept. 2012
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Simply an amazing, profound analysis of its subject written by a true British expert who was perfectly fluent in German. A long book, a definitive history, written over 50 years ago when the author had known personally many of the participants during this highly important period in European history. Very highly recommended!
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The German army 17 April 2013
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the story of how Hitler came to dominate and finally destroy the proud German army. An informative, insightful work of ageless scholarship.
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