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Martin Bormann: Nazi in Exile Hardcover – 1 Jun 1981
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I bought the Kindle version as the price of the alternatives seemed excessive.
If you like your conspiracy theories, the book makes for an interesting read. It's likely the original was a well-written one too given the author's background and experience. I say "likely" because this Kindle edition does not do the author justice. I can usually devour books of this length in a few hours but not this one. I struggled because of the appalling typography which makes for some heavy going.
The most irritating aspect is the use of hyphenation. Every page seems to contain at least one example of incorrect usage. This has a de-structive (to give one example!) effect on my reading. Almost as frequent, but no less irritating, are the spurious paragraph and sentence endings. I was kicking myself myself for not paying for the paperback version but it seems other reviewers feel the papeback is just as bad.
The Kindle edition is simply not worth £7.09. I have read free editions of classics that are better produced. It's a disgrace to charge anything for this. You don't believe me? Just look at the sample on Amazon.
As to the underlying content........Manning shines some light on Bormann's activities and the book is interesting for this alone. It's a pity that no references are given so that it is difficult to seperate fact from assertion. However, I have little doubt that Manning's account is factually accurate in regard to events up to the war's end. Where the book strains credulity -well mine at least- is when it when it comes to claims about Bormann surviving the war. Manning conjures up a vision of Bormann overseeing the resurgence of Germany from his luxurious estanza in Argentina. Indeed, this seems to constitute the central thesis for the book and it is apparent that Manning was obsessed and angered by this. Unfortunately, Manning died in 1995 (according to Wikipedia) so he was unable to take issue with the 1998 study by a German/Swiss scientific team. They performed DNA comparisons with a living Borman relative and a body dug up in 1972 and concluded it was Bormann's. Personally, I'm more inclined to believe this than claims that Manning and others have made that Bormann survived the war.
What is missing in Manning's book is the natural conclusion that Martin Bormann was a super spy for "international finance" who was recruited sometime after WWI and well before WWII. The second most powerful figure in Germany, Bormann slowly destroyed "National Socialism" from within while transferring Europe's wealth from Nazi control back to the control of his international handlers. "International finance" is a subtle power that is hidden in every form of government, including Communism and National Socialism, although it predates all recent forms of government by many hundreds of years.
An essential read for any serious Nazi hunter or lover of the finest journalism. Second hand copies often go for silly money as there's been no reprint, also may be available free online.
The roots of the EU were laid by Martin Bormann, the German financial director, prior to and during German Nazi occupation of Europe. This book gives the background to how and what happened and how it has shaped the history of Europe.
Understanding the lead up to the current European Union helps understand why the UK voted Leave, even though it might not have been in a our immediate and short term interests to do so. Without doubt it is in our long term interests, and Farage, as the lone voice railing against it, might be compared to Churchill's position with respect of Germany throughout the 1930s and until he became Prime Minister.
The books theme is summarised on page 85 and if that is all you read, you will already be wiser
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