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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2013
Cut to the chase, read Tapping Hitler's Generals: Transcripts of Secret Conversations, 1942-1945, co-authored by the same writer. This has selected (mostly different) transcripts of eavesdropped conversations but thankfully without all of the interpretation text/waffle.

Unless of course you need to be told that shooting civilians in cold blood, seeing genocide taking place without objecting etc etc is wrong. In which case, have a go at this.
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on 18 May 2015
Very enlightening.
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on 2 March 2015
Great thanks
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24 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 27 September 2012
I ordered this book after seeing a review in Daily Mail online.
Whilst Sonke researches the history part, I feel that Harald's skills were not in my interest..He is a Social Physcologist who for some reason is is analysing the transcriptions printed here, why? as most readers will have some pretty good idea about how it is coming across and can analyse the transcriptions for themselves. This is a book for the the person who is interested in why, not necessarily the Historian views. If you are buying reading for the sake of gore, You will skip a lot of the rest...not that kind of book!
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2014
An unique source that could have made for a very interesting read. However..........all this gets lost in the page after page of the author's analysis of human nature, which ends up making the book unreadable.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2013
Unfortunately this was not the kind of book I could get my teeth into, albeit it was interesting and quite informative
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
a good very descriptive book which deserves a high rating, and is suited to scholars of second world war history
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I agree completely with the other low star reviews. This book has been written by academics who seem to have no experience of working with men in the mental and physically stressful conditions experienced by the soldier/airmen being analysed. I would like to have seen the full copy and translation of each of the examples used, allowing me to compare their judgment with my own. Personally I'm disappointed with what seems to be the constant repetition used to explain the each individuals behaviour. Given the choice, I wouldn't buy it again.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
Quote, p 81; "One example focused on the mass executions carried out after SS leader Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated in Poland" (2013 paperback edition in English)
Heydrich was actually assassinated in Czechoslovakia. The town of Lidice was destroyed in retaliation.
This sort of factual error merely re-inforced the impression I received which is that the authors haven't a clue. They obviously have zero experience of the military environment. Quite incredible it ever got to the publishing stage.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 July 2013
OK, I should begin by saying that I've been immersed in this subject area from upbringing and research for most of my life (I'm 58) so none of this is particularly new to me.
I would have hoped that the authors would produce the book as 90% conversations with minimal commentary. Unfortunately from my viewpoint they seem to have done the reverse, namely to give a strictly limited selection of the 100,000 pages of conversations with far too much commentary. I would have preferred to let the conversations speak for themselves. However possibly younger readership needs more in the way of explanation.
I understand from a review on Amazon.de of this book that a previous work, 'Tapping Hitler's Generals' has more conversation and less commentary.
Secondly it is the trend nowadays to criticise the actions of the Wehrmacht out of hand. I would like to read an equivalent of this book from Soviet soldiers from 1939-45, from when they invaded the Baltic States to when they took Berlin. A straightforward comparison of equivalent conversations between German POWs in their camps and Soviet POWs in German camps would be very illuminating. However due to circumstances this most probably would not be possible.
Such a comparison would simply show how far from any Western sense of imaginable reality was the reality of the Eastern front. Also it is always forgotten that Germans of that era had been fighting the Russians then the Soviets from 1914 to 1917/18 then fighting the Bolsheviks/Communists through the German civil war (1921-23) then Weimar joined with the SU in the German Russian Collaboration 1922-33, then with the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939-41. Nazism and Soviet Communism had far more in common than most people esp. writers would care to acknowledge.
It is also always forgotten that Soviet atrocities in the Baltic States and Lithuania pre-dated German ones and later when the Soviets invaded Poland from the East in Sept 1939 in alliance with Germany they treated the Poles much as he Germans did. This is largely very conveniently forgotten now. The Soviet context of all this is largely forgotten/omitted from histories in the rush to condemn Germans and lay all the blame and guilt at their door.
Unfortunately this book does little to balance up or address that distortion in my opinion.
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