Hitler's Children: Story of the Baader-Meinhof Terrorist Gang Paperback – 28 Jun 1978
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About the Author
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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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.
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.
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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Excellent, well researched and a great insight into the RAF.Published 19 months ago by Kevin Wallace
There are some good pictures in this, but the text is hopeless. Ridiculously biased, no hint of orignal reserch or analysis, just a rightward-slanted amalgam of other people's... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Franz Bieberkopf
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