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Luck of the Devil: The Story of Operation Valkyrie by [Kershaw, Ian]
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'For the tragicomic reality behind the 1944 bomb plot, look no further than Ian Kershaw's Luck of the Devil, a gripping offcut from his great Hitler biography published to coincide with the release of the Hollywood version' -- Robert McCrum, Observer

'Perfect for those whose interest in the subject is awakened by the Cruise film [Valkyrie]. Ian Kershaw's short history is taken directly from the second volume of his magnum opus on Hitler and this extract ... is revealed as a jewel of historical narrative.'
-- Laurence Rees, Sunday Times

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'Perfect for those whose interest in the subject is awakened by the Cruise film [Valkyrie]. Ian Kershaw's short history is taken directly from the second volume of his magnum opus on Hitler and this extract ... is revealed as a jewel of historical narrative.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 938 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141040068
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DZA0D18
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
This book is apparently an extract from the author's earlier, much weightier tome 'Hitler 1939 - 1945: Nemesis' which has been published separately to co-incide with the imminent release of Brian Singer's new film 'Valkyrie'.

As a companion to the forthcoming flm it works very well in providing a brief, but reasonably detailed, description of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg's failed assassination attempt of July 1944 and it's repercussions to those involved. In addition Ian Kershaw outlines a number of previous, and similarly unsuccessful, attempts on Hitler's life - some of which sound faintly ridiculous !

It will be interesting to see if Hollywood's portrayal of the main characters of the plot incorporate some of the moral complexities uncovered by Kershaw, if they do it will make the film a much more challenging one to watch.
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Bit cheeky this - cashing in on Tom Cruise's latest opus, Kershaw's publishers have seen fit to reprint the entire chapter on the German resistance from his masterful biography of a decade ago, and have rereleased it as this volume.

Its good all right, but its certainly not new - and if you have got the biography (or have read it), you will have seen all this before. There are better and newer offerings out there on the subject of the resistance and the Stauffenberg attempt, so be warned.
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Grate Book,read it before but wanted my own copy,very surprised at the fast delivery which makes it even better,I will defenatly be buying more book from this Hospice.the book is very good condition at least it all helps towards the Hospice raising money.Good idea and Well worth it.so with out fail this has to be 5 stars.
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An accurate record of the Wermacht's attempt to assassinate Hitler. Shows their almost total incompetence & niavity that they thought the Allies would let them keep some of the Nazi conquest. As a character says in "Night of the Generals " they only tried assassination when they began to lose the war. Well written by Ian Kershaw as is the complete book it comes from "Nemisis"
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