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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating reading about unknown assassination attempts on Hitler, 23 July 2006
Snipers and derailments, actresses and suicide bombers. But for a ten-minute delay here or a faulty detonator there, the course of history and the fate of thousands could have been changed. Killing Hitler, by Roger Moorhouse is an enthralling and thoroughly researched book that tells the stories of Hitler's would be assassins. To Hitler, such attacks were merely a brush with 'Providence', bolstering his un-shakable belief that his life was preserved to fulfil a 'historic destiny' to save Germany. Moorhouse is not only an excellent historian but also a superb storyteller.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read, 23 July 2006
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'Killing Hitler' by Roger Moorhouse, provides the reader with a gripping account of the lesser-known attempts on the life of Adolf Hitler. While most people know about the Stauffenburg plot, this book also tells the stories of the many others who tried but ultimately failed to eradicate this evil man. Surprisingly many of these attempts came from members of the German military. The style of each attempt is remarkably different, as are the individual characters of these unsung heroes. These are stories that deserve to be told and through his suspenseful narration, Moorhouse gives these deserving men and women their rightful place in history. Set in the context of the unfolding events of the war, it is also an account of the remarkable survival of a dictator who revelled in his own supernatural importance. A beautifully written and well-researched book, I have no hesitation in recommending it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful and authoritative masterpiece, 24 Mar 2006
Moorhouse has developed considerably since his earlier works, notably Microcosm (considered by many to be the best researched account of Wroclow during the WW2 era). In Killing Hitler he has made this account of the tyrant accessible to a wider audience, yet still remained true to his revisionist roots. Moorhouse's unique gift is to disect a cross section of time and society, then identify and collate the key impetus behind subsequent actions and movements. This book represents an unmissable opportunity for the lay reader to step into the mind of a world authority and see history as it really was.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing Hitler, 2 May 2006
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Tobias (Aberdeen Scotland) - See all my reviews
This book is a fantastic read. As a non-historian I often find myself very interested but completely uninspired by the ever increasing number of books on early 20th century history. Killing Hitler, on the other hand, is very informative but also enthralling from beginning to end.

Written as if telling a tale, I often found myself in disbelief that Hitler evaded death on so many occasions; by so narrow an escape, and wanting to know more.

Moorhouse's style of writing was delightful and exciting to read, showing a real enthusiasm and passion about each of his subject would-be assassins, and made a change from the usual dreary history books that I find myself picking up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read., 16 Oct 2009
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Sauniere (West Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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A fascinating read. Documents the many attempts on hitler's life from many diverse sources. It shows how lucky hitler was to survive so many attempts on his life. History writing at its finest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Hitler, 7 April 2009
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V. streymoy (The Faroe Islands) - See all my reviews
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An absolutely fascinating book which reveals a lot of the resistance against The Third Reich. Stauffenberg's assassination attempt on Hitler's life is probably the most known attempt, but there were actually more than 40 attempts to take Hitler's life. The book portrays very well the determination of civilian individuals or conspirators within the German armed forces to rid Germany of Adolf Hitler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read!, 5 Jan 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Had the main assassination attempts all been presented in a crude list then the content is still enough to keep the reader fascinated. But the plots are all superbly described and intertwined within the context of the wider history. Brilliantly done.

I read the Kindle edition, and as it is never apparent at what % of progress on an e-reader signals the end of the book and the start of the glossary/notes, some books I just want to be finished and some I really don't want to end. This was definitely one of the latter.

Brill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and highly informative, 27 April 2012
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This is an excellent overview of the subject, with much that I found fascinating. Time and again, a quirk of fate saves Hitler. The author also covers the different and changing attitudes to an assassination, from British 'it's not cricket' to Stalin's obsession with capturing Hitler alive. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New View of the German Resistance, 27 Jan 2011
This review is from: Killing Hitler: The Third Reich and the Plots Against the Fuhrer (Paperback)
Roger Moorehouse shows that the German resistance to Hitler wasn't just a desperate last-minute attempt by a reactionary military clique to assassinate the Fuehrer because they thought he was losing the war, but that it started even before the war did and involved courageous people opposed to Hitler from all walks of life.

One of the most fascinating chapters is that devoted to a lone wolf called Elser, a joiner by profession who in painstaking work over several weeks installed a bomb in a pillar next to the speaker's lectern in the Munich beerhall where Hitler in November '39 gave a speech to his old comrades commemorating his unsuccesful putsch attempt of November '23. Though timed to go off as he was into his speech, and indeed going off,the bomb which certainly would have killed him failed to do so because the event started an hour earlier than planned because due to adverse weather conditions Hitler couldn't fly back to Berlin but had to take the train. Being spared - not for the first or last time - convinced him that he was protected by 'Providence' and meant to carry on with his murderous task. A must read for anyone still doubting that the German Resistance was in earnest about killing him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to read from the first to the last page..., 30 Nov 2013
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Denis Vukosav - See all my reviews
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Based on recently opened archives, British historian Moorhouse told us a story about all the numerous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

These includes attempts by individuals in the early days of Hitler's reign, such as Swiss student Maurice Bavaud, whose try got him beheaded; the efforts of a British spies group armed with unusual weapons ("exploding rats") and the well-known attempt of patriotic Wehrmacht officers, including von Stauffenberg, which succeeded in injuring Hitler, although not terminally. This book is an excellent historical display of the most serious of the 42 known attempts.

Moorhouse also introduces little-known would-be-assassins, such as Polish underground. Most of the assassination attempts Moorhouse describes failed because of poor planning, some were victim to circumstance, but also some could be treated as rumors.

Easy to read, suspenseful in narration and put into historical context make this book a must-read for World War 2 genre enthusiasts but also for people who want to learn some little known details about Nazi regime.

Idea that World War 2 and all of its horrors could be avoided with a successful assassination, single bullet or bomb has remained a mystery for last 60 years. What is revealed in this book just how close-and how often-history came to taking a radically different path between Adolf Hitler's rise to power and his downfall.

It is also remarkable story of Hitler's repeated escapes from almost certain death convinced him that he was literally invincible and indestructible which caused terrific consequences for millions on people.

Author made great work in providing lot of details, book's seven chapters presented in historical order world in which the potential killers live is described. Then he extracts the plotter from all these reasons they had to do the deed and focuses in on their activities, which are then regarded for their outcome - whether they resulted in tighter security around Hitler or some other effect.

There are some spellings and inconsistency errors through the book (American vs. European standards, etc.) but these drawbacks are not important taking into account research behind this book needed to write it, all details and especially the quotes which are great.

I recommend this book for anyone, not only ones interested in World War 2 related literature. Because of the details for sure it will not be surpassed for some time ahead and it really readable from the first to the last page.
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