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Hitler's Holy Relics: A True Story of Nazi Plunder and the Race to Recover the Crown Jewels of the Holy Roman Empire Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849832021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849832021
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A vivid true-crime narrative about a post-World War II investigation meant to prevent Nazis still at large from using several venerable medieval artifacts to reconstitute the Reich. . . . Fast-moving and intriguing, in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark."

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About the Author

Sidney Kirkpatrick is an award-winning filmmaker and international best-selling author. His critically acclaimed non-fiction books include A CAST OF KILLERS, TURNING THE TIDE, LORDS OF SIPAN, EDGAR CAYCE: AN AMERICAN PROPHET, and THE REVENGE OF THOMAS EAKINS. His documentary film, MY FATHER THE PRESIDENT, about Theodore Roosevelt as seen through the eyes of his daughter, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, was a winner at the American Film Festival. HBO, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the A & E Television Networks have all featured his work. Biographical profiles of Kirkpatrick have appeared in The New York Times, Time magazine, The New Yorker, and Playboy.  He is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He lives in Stony Brook, New York.


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This is in many way an iconic book about a little known subject.
Extremely well researched it conveys well the true nature of what nazism really was.Maybe it helps also to understand the terrible, harsh, mystical, unhuman world that would have been, should Hitler had won the war.
In Many ways this book let me think about another iconic book "The morning of the magicians" by Louis Pauwels & Jacques Bergier which deals in part with the mystic nature of the nazis.
We tend to look at the history of the third Reich as a standard conflict history of European imperialism : this was much more than this.It was a complete reversion of Man's position in the Universe transcended with Magic and totally devoid of any kind of morals.
The book of Mr Kirkpatrick is an outstanding exemple of a well-researched work and of a deep understanding of German Art.
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This is an excellent book, well written and exciting. It is amazing to read about how depraved and greedy the Nazis were, and this true story is particularly about those in the SS who thought they could steal and hide important relics for the particular use of Himmler and his cronies in their weird fantasies.

Kirkpatrick has researched his topic thoroughly, and we get to know Horn, the man who found the relics, well.

Recommended to all who are interested in Nazi plundering and looting, and the people who tried (and are still trying) to restore their loot to its original owners/keepers.
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My sincere congratulations. I have spent 40 of my 50 years on this planet reading and studying pretty much everything ever published about the Nazi period of history. This book fills in a gap and reinforces much else written on the subject of Nazi pseudo religious and historical theories. Exceptionally well researched, this also enhances and explains the chaotic state of post-war occupied Germany, a place so devastated it must have been daunting to even comprehend where to start the reconstruction.

The politics of the occupation basically held up the rediscovery of the lost Imperial Regalia, only to find they were 1000 yards away for their first location, seems disappointing if this were novel, but that's just how it was, the fact that Nazis tried to prevent their discovery is more the point, even though the war was over. The discovery of what the Nazis planned to do with their weirdly corrupted myths and religious ideas is even more reason to fear what may have come if this vile regime had not been defeated.

Well researched and a testimony to an unsung hero of a different kind.
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This book gives an interesting overview of a big project, recovering looted Nazi artefacts, as well as a few very specific treasures which were spirited away from a bunker in Nuremberg in the very final days of the War. I found the insight into what was going on in general at the time more interesting than the specific search the book covers – which is a bit limp when you see the whole story.
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This is my first review on Amazon. I bought this book at an airport which in hindsight was an warning sign.

Overall it is badly strucutred and written, but for me the problems lie solely with the over stylised narrative and conjecture on the part of the author.

Instead of detailed research and laying out factual evidence we are presented with our handsome all American officer who is portrayed as an Indiana Jones type hero, we even are told he has lost count of the women he has slept with (relevance?.

The 'story' lurches from location to location across post war Germany as the intrepid 'detective' is driven by his gung ho young side kick into various scenarios with sterotypical English and German army officers playing their roles. Much of the narrative is 100% speculation (the author admits to never have even meeting the lead charector on which this tale is based).

The worst part is that then central theme of the whole piece is the 'mysterious' dissapearence of the crown jewels from a not so secret Nazi bunker in Nurnburg, it is not until the final chapter that we learn they were actually simply moved a few hundred yards away and easily located by interviewing the relevant people - all the historial 'sleuthing across North West germany simply acts a irrelevant filler to spin in the tried and tested Nazi/Ocult formula.

The wole piece reeks of 'Davinci Code' amateurism and no doubt could be the plot for a coming movie starring Tom hanks in the lead.

Someone should tell Mr Kirkpatrick to think less about fictionsl screen plays and more about detailed research and underpinning evidence. What we the reader is served up is a Hollywood type fantasy with evil Nazis, a heroic clean cut all Amercian Hero with a few cliches thrown in for good measure.
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