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Hitler's Children: Story of the Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang Paperback – 28 Jun 1978

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; New edition edition (28 Jun. 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586046658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586046654
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,096,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jillian Becker's first three books were novels. She has also written short stories and articles, published on both sides of the Atlantic. She left Britain in 2007 to be near most of her children and grandchildren in California, where she now lives. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Hitler's Children by Jillian Becker is one of the best and most important books written in the twentieth century. It is the seminal work on the 1968 protest movement in Europe and the terrorists who came out of it. All other books on the subject drew information from this one. It explains the New Left with extraordinary insight.The portraits of Baader and Meinhof are very finely drawn. It is also illuminating on the place of these events in German history. It deserves to become a classic, and I am delighted to see that it is once again "in print".
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Excelent examination of the Red Army Faction of Germany. Takes you through the history of the movement and its subsequent demise. It describes, in a very well written manner, the demise of the sixties idealism of this particular group of post-WWII children, and the lengths that they would go to to bring about teh social revolution that they were after.
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This is a meticulously researched account of the Red Army Faction terrorist group and its offshoots. Becker writes in an accessible way, and despite the great length of the book she manages to maintain a certain pace. I would have welcomed a longer conclusion, with more discussion of the period following the suicides of the principal terrorists, and an even more explicit exploration of the Nazi comparison.
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Historically accurate, interesting from the first to the last page. The kind of book that you can't just leave until you finish reading it.

If you're interested in the topic of the Rote Armee Fraktion, on the lives of its members (specially Ulrike Meinhof, Andreas Baader and Gudrun Ensslin), on the social and political tensions, on the student movements, on how and why everything happened, then read this book. Jillian Becker has done an amazing job, but not only on her research, the narration of the book is just amazing.
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An interesting chance to find out what all that Bader Meinhoff stuff was all about.
Jillian Becker has done her research although the translation was quite poor in places.
What I liked was the way in which Becker showed how these people were radicalised by the American war in Vietnam. A lesson for today perhaps.
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I've tried to read this book several times. I'm interested in a piece of modern history that is outside the range of my own culture and would like a more in depth view than the terse summary of Wikipedia.

I'll be honest, I can't read German. I suspect that if I did I could have read this pretty easily in it's original form and would walk away glad I had. The issue for me is that it reads like the translation has been done mechanically through some online program and not given anything but a pretty cursory proof reading afterwards. Tenses are jumbled, sentences are fractured and the vocabulary appears right but has the wrong nuance for the concept (I think) is being offered up.

My recommendation - don't try this one. I just wish I good find a decent English rendition of these events so I didn't end up trying over and over to persevere with this one.
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Becker explores the complicated psychology of the young people driven to heinous acts of terrorism, and the reasoning with which they justified their actions. Detailed biographies of the main terrorists seek to provide backgrounds to their characters, and the zeitgeist is well conveyed. An extremely detailed account.
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5 stars says it all
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