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The Gestapo: A History of Horror Hardcover – 19 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (19 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848325029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325029
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jacques Delarue was a member of the French Resistance, and he enjoyed a long career with the Surete Nationale. He authored books on the Resistance, Charles de Gaulle, and the Algerian War. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Readers should be aware that although recently republished, this book was written in 1962. As such, it obviously contains no information based on research any more recent than that, and in fact the author indicates that his main source was the well-thumbed Nuremberg transcripts. There is obviously nothing in here sourced from the archives of former Iron Curtain countries, either, given the date it was written. By modern standards this is a major omission, because most of Germany's conquered territories were in the east.

It is also translated from French, and it shows. Whether this is because the French phrasing has quirks in the original, or whether the translation is a bit clunky, I'm not sure. However, when one reads of Lubbe, the retarded Dutchman executed for starting the Reichstag fire, described as a "creature" and as "half-demented", you do rather wonder what is going on. It's not really the language you expect in a history book.

Finally, notwithstanding its title and even the chapter headings, this book covers quite different ground to what you might expect. In the wake of works like Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, I was expecting to read about how a police state was put into effect, and about how reliant it must have been on widespread co-operation. I was also expecting to read about why the Gestapo, and indeed US troops today, adopted torture as a means of extracting information, even though the evidence is that people under torture will say anything just to make it stop.

Instead, what you get here is an organisational history of the German fascist state.
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I have read so many books on the Third Reich they start to blend into each other. this however is different. he takes a smaller part and concentrates it and gives a brilliant accounting of what the Gestapo was, how it was created, its main protagonists, and what it was doing. his research is very thorough. even the style of the book keeps it interesting and accessible by the non scholar ( like me). it also gives some great insights into the whys and wherefores of Nazi Germany itself, why something like the Gestapo and the third Reich could come into being in the first place. all in all a great book
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This was a wonderful book, held me spellbound- I would highly recommend this author
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Excellent Book
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i found this book a great source of knowledge into the workings of the gestapo,and found lots of information and facts about the different sections and the work the did.i thought the author had written it extremly well and found the book hard to put down once i had started reading. i had actually bought the book to read about the notorious klaus barbie as the book deals with the ss in france, but found that even though his name is mentioned on the back there was no reference to him in the whole of the book, which i must admit i found strange. if anyone reading this wants to know more about this organization and the people who instumented it, this is a great book to read,i am know reading it for a second time.
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