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5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and fascinating read - highly recommended
An absolutely fascinating read; a must read for anybody with an interest in World War Two. Set in Nazi Germany 'Countdown to Valkyrie' describes the ascent and descent of the Nazi's rise to power. It focuses on various assassination attempts on Hitler's life with the main focus being the July Plot to assassinate Hitler, spearheaded by Count Claus von Stauffenberg...
Published 17 months ago by Nl Vroom

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2.0 out of 5 stars So many grammar errors
Brought this book for my kindle has i have a big intrest in the second world war.
From reading the first page to reading the last,you will find its poorly written.

Im not joking when i say its the worst book ive ever read that contains so many grammatical errors.
Every page you turn you will find an error.I dont know if the paper or hardback is the...
Published 13 months ago by adi wright


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging and fascinating read - highly recommended, 6 Nov 2012
An absolutely fascinating read; a must read for anybody with an interest in World War Two. Set in Nazi Germany 'Countdown to Valkyrie' describes the ascent and descent of the Nazi's rise to power. It focuses on various assassination attempts on Hitler's life with the main focus being the July Plot to assassinate Hitler, spearheaded by Count Claus von Stauffenberg. Jones takes us on a journey from Stauffenberg's youth in the Weimar Republic through to Hitler's totalitarian dictatorship. He describes and explains all the previous assassination attempts on the Fuhrer's life culminating with the July Plotters; their near success and devastating failure, followed by an aftermath of trails and torture.

Jones' covers in fine detail the horrors of living in Nazi Germany and the terrors of its all-consuming state. It is a harrowing look at Nazism, from everything it encompassed to the fate that awaited those who tried to stand up against it. It is an exploration of German pride, resistance, courage and conviction of belief.

' Countdown to Valkyrie' is written in a clear and concise manner, to the point yet utterly engaging. I cannot recommend it enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller and History Book in One., 12 Nov 2012
Although the film is far from a classic, or even one of Tom Cruise's best, the story of the plot to kill Hitler is a fascinating one. In regards to the film one learns through this book that the movie was largely historically accurate for Hollywood.
The author marries the need for facts with the need to tell the story well. The book naturally puts Staffenberg at the centre of the book, but so too it deals with the co-conspirators well and hightlights the optimism and folly of the plan. Would say that even though we know how things turned out the set-piece of the assassination attempt and the attempted coup afterwards are written extremely well.
One small criticism would be that, after reading a few other things online about Staffanberg, the author tends to treat him with too much sympathy. As much as they might be considered heroes, many of the officers involved were also self-serving Nazis. Yet can recommend Countdown to Valkyrie. It's both a thriller and history book in one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know that !, 9 Feb 2013
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Excellent history lesson in what might have been if Hitler hadn't had the luck of Jobe !! Everyone who has ever thought that all wartime Germans were the same should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing account of a terrible age., 30 Dec 2012
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Far outclasse's the film in every way.The main participants are clearly described and the events leading up to Hitler's
rise and early successe's set down so that one can more easily understand why he was so popular at first.
The weakness of Britain and France in letting him get away with his agression,eventually ended in a terrible war.
Once Hitler was established he then siezed further power and it became almost impossible to remove him.An abject
lesson on what an absolute ruler can do.
The realisation that only drastic measures can save the day and something must be done before Germany is destroyed make up the rest of the story.
The book describes several earlier plots as well as Valkyrie and I found it Absorbing and at times mind boggling
to think that such things could happen in the modern age.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent account, 24 Dec 2012
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Not the easiest book to read at times with paragraph length sentences. However if you can get your head around this and the unnecessary verbiage you will find an extremely insightful account of Operation Valkrie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and informative read, 2 Jan 2013
This was an interesting book about the July 20 assassination attempt. It gave a good background into the bombing and earlier attempts to seize power/assassinate Hitler.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in WWII history.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So many grammar errors, 28 Feb 2013
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Brought this book for my kindle has i have a big intrest in the second world war.
From reading the first page to reading the last,you will find its poorly written.

Im not joking when i say its the worst book ive ever read that contains so many grammatical errors.
Every page you turn you will find an error.I dont know if the paper or hardback is the same,but
i would recommend that you stay away from the kindle version,even though the book is informative to
read the amount of spelling mistakes and basic grammar errors makes this book hard to enjoy.

If your looking to read this book,try the paperback or hardback version
as they might not contain the errors in which this kindle edition does.

Kind regards

Adi
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