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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important book!
This is an important book. It is excellent! My father who participated in WW2 and later deserted from the Luftwaffe in 1944, always argued that it must have been the Americans who financed Hitler. Noone else had the possibility. But I didn't believe him. He said, after WW1 Germany was in a complete disaster and it was not possible to build such an enormous...
Published on 1 July 2012 by Curious Cat

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This book outlines how some financial institutions back both sides in a war. I gave up reading it at the halfway mark
Published 10 months ago by muso1


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8 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One for the conspiraloons, 27 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler: The Astonishing True Story of the American Financiers Who Bankrolled the Nazis (Paperback)
This is a book which is extremely popular amongst the conspiracy fraternity as well as every extreme right wing web site on the Internet.

In a nutshell, it was "Wall St" that set up and funded the Nazi party during the 1920s and 30s and "Wall St" that gave the Nazis the means to carry out a war. Academia of course has ignored Sutton's work, with good reason. Sutton sees it differently:

"Contemporary academic histories, with perhaps the sole exception of Carroll Quigley's Tragedy And Hope, ignore this evidence. On the other hand, it is understandable that universities and research organizations, dependent on financial aid from foundations that are controlled by this same New York financial elite, would hardly want to support and to publish research on these aspects of international politics. The bravest of trustees is unlikely to bite the hand that feeds his organization."

You can see from the very start where the book is going. Conspiracy rules ok.

In reality, Sutton attempts to fit the evidence to the theory rather than using the evidence to supply the possible theories. It is nothing more than a collection of assumptions and conjecture based on second and third hand sources taken out of context. In this way, members of the IG Farben subsidiary "American IG" are all the "makers" of IG Farben company policy instead of followers of company policy. In reality, the parent company in Germany was very concerned that Nazi atrocities in the early 1930s might cause problems with its foreign subsidiaries.

....and so it goes.

If you want an accurate account of the real economics behind Hitler's rise to power then there are far better books out there. Try Adam Tooze's Wages of Destruction to see how a REAL historian works.
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