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An Honourable Defeat: A History of German Resistance to Hitler, 1933-1945 Hardcover – 1 Oct 1994
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Despite the lengthy bibliography this book is neither an analytical history, nor a particularly thoughtful narrative history. Rather the reader is left with the equivalent of a number of fact-laden railway carriages from different trains loosely coupled together. The book concentrates principally on military attitudes, with civilian opposition more lightly touched upon, e.g. a re-telling of the Scholl family tragedy. The positions of the Lutheran and Roman Catholic Churches merited greater consideration.
Getting properly to grips with the development of military opposition is complex. It demands more than the author's episodic dipping into the lives of a number of well known figures, culminating with the failed Stauffenberg assassination attempt (the story of which is repeated). The Stauffenberg motives are more interesting than the plot's failure, but addressed in little depth.
The challenge of dealing with difficult figures, such as Gisevius, Nebe and Goerdeler, is largely avoided.