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The Devil's Disciples: The Life and Times of Hitler's Inner Circle

The Devil's Disciples: The Life and Times of Hitler's Inner Circle [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Read
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"A pacy, elegant book." (Guardian)

"It is of paramount importance that well-researched, authoritative accounts of the Nazi era continue to be written. Anthony Read's study of Hitler's inner circle is just such one." (Michael Arditti Daily Express)

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A highly readable and original account of Hitler's closest lieutenants.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3871 KB
  • Print Length: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0069SPANY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 28 Jan 2009
The Devil's Disciples is a very good book dealing with the lives and times of Hitler and his cronies. It provides insights into how these extremists managed to take advantage of the unique conditions which existed in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s but also on their earlier lives. The sections after they achieved power until their downfall are also very enlightening as the hatred that they had for each other combined with the deference they felt for Hitler make you wonder how they ever managed to run a country. All in all a very good book which is well-written and provides information not just on the lives and times of Hitler, Goring, Goebbels and Himmler but also other figures such as Heydrich, Bormann and Ribbentrop, it is therefore a very useful and interesting work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very illuminating 5 Jun 2007
By Ian
Superbly detilaed book. Very illuminating and readable. It makes a nice companion to Ian Kershaw's biography of Hitler. You won't be able to put it down. Read's portrait of Goring in particular is fascinating!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent parallel history of Hitler's henchmen 26 Jan 2005
There are numerous books about the Third Reich in print at the moment, and justifyng a place on ones bookshelf is no easy matter. But this book has a current relevancy even 60 years after the destruction of the sad dreams of those examined by it.
Anthony Read turns the spotlight not on Hitler, but on those who sustained him through 12 years of rule.By doing so he illuminates the central paradox of the Third Reich - a state which was devoted to an all powerful Führer, but which was in practice run in a chaotic manner by men feverishly competing for second place.
His picture of Göring as a vain but sick man, financially corrupt but presciently fearful of the consequences of war,will take some beating.
He also finally debunks any idea that Ribbentrop was a fall-guy, executed after the Nuremberg Trials faut de mieux. Inexorably, as the pages are turned, the case against Ribbentrop as the author of the Second World War grows. This was a man who wanted war to promote his position within the Reich, and who traduced every tradition of diplomacy in order to achieve it. His tactics remain the model of obfuscatory provocation; a model which some might say was followed very recently by President Bush in Iraq.
And therein lies the true value of studying this epoch in our history. If we cannot learn from the past, we are no better than sheep.
Anthony Read is also persuasive in his account of the extreme anti-semitic cadre within Hitler's circle. Goebbels and Himmler are seen as secondary figures to start with; their rantings from time to time rebuffed; but he shows how their originally marginal opinions became mainstream within the Reich heirarchy.
I found this a compulsive read. There are sufficient personal details to interest most readers, whilst the underlying power plays are strung together with great skill.
But when you read it, think about now as well as then. As Brecht said: "The bitch who bore him is on heat again."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 2 Aug 2013
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Overall a good concise history of the most infamous people within Germany, from the build up of the rise of the Nazi Party to the end at Nuremberg.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Incorporated 14 April 2013
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This is by far the best book I have read giving an insight into Hitler's henchmen. What I found informative was that these people were often well educated and and cultured but were capable of such despicable and reprehensible evil thoughts and actions with no apparent feelings of guilt or remorse.

Well worth buying.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Adds Additional Character Dimensions 31 Dec 2012
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Having read a range of books on the subject, this one was more interesting than most; providing interesting insights into the characters of Hitler's henchmen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Broad spectrum of recent history 21 Jan 2010
By Robert
A brilliant narrative involving the principal characters of this period, set down in a more or less chronological sequence. Second only to Shirer's "Rise and Fall" for a comprehensive and well written piece of modern history.
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