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This review is from: Plotting Hitler's Death: The German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-45 (Hardcover)
Initially, I was conditioned to buy this book for coursework. However, I must say, my history teacher could not have made a better choice.
Fest's style of writing is wildly entertaining, he draws you into the lives of the opposition (civilian and military), their dilemnas and consciences. He explores the resistance from the very beginning to give you a wider grasp of the Nazi's consolidation of power, and finishes with the incredible July Bomb Plot.
The general content deals with the Army's gradual demise through its fatal entrappment with the Night of the Long Knives, the oath, and the Blomberg and Fritsch affairs. He continues to explore the many attempts on the Fuhrer's life, such as the September Plot of 1938, leading up to Stauffenberg's startling introduction and involvement into the clandestine movement which eventually led to the events of the July bomb plot of 1944.
Fest's expertise will lead readers of all understanding through the hazy mists of the Nazi regime, my advice is only to try.
Did you know that German conspirators had attempted to communicate Hitler's plans for war to the Allies on numerous occasions as early as 1938? Did you know that 15 recorded assassination attempts had been made on Hitler's life before July 1944? No, I never used to either.
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