- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Constable; First Edition (UK) edition (25 Jun. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845298454
- ISBN-13: 978-1845298456
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.8 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,380,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
1938: Hitler's Gamble Hardcover – 25 Jun 2009
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Excellent (Literary Review)
A masterpiece (Daily Telegraph)
Giles MacDonogh has repeatedly shown himself to be in the front rank of British scholars of German history. The depth of his human understanding, the judiciousness of his pickings from source material and the quality of his writing make this a book at once gripping and grave. (The Spectator)
Absorbing (Sunday Times)
MacDonagh tells this story brilliantly. (Military Illustrated)
A masterly new work explores the moment when Hitlers mask fell.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
One of the more interesting sidelights of the book is the feuds between Goring and Ribbentrop and Himmler and Goebels. The Propaganda Minister was constantly in hot water for cheating on his wife, the Fuhrer turns out to be quite the prude. On the other hand we have Goring trying to put into his Four Year Plan to gear up the Third Reich for war production, while Hitler is dreaming of rebuilding Berlin and Linz. Goring goes into eclipse over the 'war' for the Sudetenland. Goring knows that the army is not ready but Ribbentrop is there egging on the Fuhrer. When the British cave in to his 'demands', Goring and the Generals are left with egg on their faces.
The marginalization of first the German and then Austrian Jews, while everyone in the world turns their backs is the most powerful image of the book. Little by little, week by week, Jews lose more and more civil rights, the right to ownership of businesses, buildings, livelihoods, while they are expected to pay their way out of the Greater Reich and into other countries.Read more ›
I thought I knew all about this momentous year but I was wrong; there was a lot of new material which made me slightly alter my perspective on the period. Whereas
other books I have read covering this period have had Chamberlain as the central character, this one has Hitler's acolytes and the persecuted Jews as its main subjects,banishing Chamberlain to the periphery. Sometimes whilst reading some detailed passages, I felt I was being bludgeoned with a blunt instrument. Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to genuine students of this most fateful of years in European history.
Perhaps it's fair to say that it is slightly novel to look at 1938 from a single focus, but don't expect to read anything new.
It is well written and easy to get through, form that point if view it makes a good read.
And, a much better book on the Jews in Austria in 1938 is http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hare-Amber-Eyes-Hidden-Inheritance-ebook/dp/B003NX6Y2O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411320811&sr=8-1&keywords=amber+hare
which is one of the rare books I have read twice. "1938:..." however, I very nearly threw out the window I was so annoyed with it...
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I would certainly not call this book gripping as stated on the cover but at the same time I did find plenty of interest. Read morePublished 20 months ago by The Wargamorium
Prompt delivery but book tends to list lots of names which is very confusing. Overall a good sense of the period and the muddles that led to WWIIPublished on 1 Mar. 2014 by Dr. Paul Jefferson
I couldn't finish the prose is so poor.
Fascinating subject - awful writer.
I did not think it was possible for someone to write so poorly about a subject I have so... Read more
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