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Hess, Hitler and Churchill: The Real Turning Point of the Second World War - A Secret History
Hess, Hitler and Churchill: The Real Turning Point of the Second World War - A Secret History
by Peter Padfield
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.00

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and insightful, 22 Feb 2014
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The book gets into the head of Hess and also gives some clear insights into Churchill and Hitler's thinking.

It gives an excellent insight into the security services in the UK and Germany. It also shows how strong the peace movements were in Germany and England.

I hope the author will consider writing about Goring next.
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The Origins of the First World War (Origins Of Modern Wars)
The Origins of the First World War (Origins Of Modern Wars)
by James Joll
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An impressive and definitive account of the origins of the War, 30 Dec 2012
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The book expertly explains the many complex strands that led to the War.

I have read several account of the War, but this one struck me as being exceptionally balanced and expertly researched.

I am frankly in awe of James Joll's breadth of knowledge, his research skills and his ability to convey complex issues to the layman.

If you are seeking great insights into the causes of the War then this is the book for you.


Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
by Robert M. Edsel
Edition: Hardcover

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great idea but poorly written, 30 Dec 2012
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The story of the brave and dedicated people striving to preserve Art is amazing. Unfortunately it is poorly written , has a disjointed story line, and is far too long.

I wanted to follow the stories of all the monument people as they had taken on such an important job, with few resources, but I found I was distracted by the lack of cohesion and storytelling skills.

The book is worth reading as the events undertaken are impressive, but be prepared to be tolerant of the author's poor skill.


The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler
by Laurence Rees
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 25.00

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Account of Hitler and his times, 9 Oct 2012
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The well written book explores the reasons why a sophisticated and intelligent nation of people could so easily follow a man like Hitler. The book is structured round the concept of Hitler's "Charisma", explaining that the concept is value free, and it explains all the dimensions of his charisma.

The book moves from the, felt to be, unfair settlement after the first world war, to the final days in the bunker. At all times the pace and style of the book is enthralling and I really understood how the German nation were persuaded blindly to follow a despot.

Lawrence Rees writes fluently and in a style that makes the book compelling for anyone with an interest in the topic. He has included excellent research references and the index is comprehensive.

A thoroughly good account , and well written.


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