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The Third Reich in 100 Objects: A Material History of Nazi Germany Hardcover – 1 Nov 2017
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The style of writing is clear and coherent, the illustrations crisp and of excellent quality, and the book well-rounded and accessible to all. Whether the reader is just interested in this period of history or an academic it is very highly recommended. --Alina Nwobilska, Britain at War magazine
"No one knows more about the Third Reich than Roger Moorhouse. He has chosen fascinating objects that expose the poisonous reality of Hitler s Germany." --DAN SNOW, author of Twentieth Century Battlefields & Death or Victory
"Every political religion requires its icons and Nazism exemplified this. Art, artefacts and symbols mattered enormously to Hitler and his henchmen, who were selling an idea, a faith, as much as a political programme. This fascinating and beautifully illustrated book by a leading expert on the Nazis sums up the Third Reich in a brilliant and highly accessible way." --Professor Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War & Masters and Commanders
About the Author
ROGER MOORHOUSE is a historian of the Third Reich. He is the author of the acclaimed BERLIN AT WAR, KILLING HITLER and THE DEVILS' ALLIANCE and has been published in over 20 languages. He has contributed to HE WAS MY CHIEF, I WAS HITLERS CHAUFFEUR, WITH HITLER TO THE END and HITLERS LAST WITNESS (all Frontline Books). He is also a tour guide, a book reviewer and a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Warsaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @Roger_Moorhouse
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Looking at the book as one man's choice of objects and looking at them alone the author has done quite a good job, the descriptions are good and the related history / text reads well.
An easy read , and one of those books you can pick up read a little put down pick up again and move on with.
Quick enjoyable read.
Author Roger Moorhouse is a new name to me, but on the strength of this I'll be reading more by him. The 100 objects he's selected, and the short pithy entries on each of them, give a great deal of varied insight into this most compellingly fascinating era of recent history. They range from weapons, including the Luger, MP-40, 88mm flak gun, and Panzerfaust, to tanks and planes, military medals, documents, and even such curios as Hitler's moustache brush, or Rudolf Hess' long Johns! From such iconic stuff as Swastika Flags and armbands, monumental eagles, or the VW Beetle, to more humdrum things like ration cards, posters and newspapers.
The text is very informative, and quite impressively balanced, such that the reader gets a remarkable insight into a very large and diverse range of aspects of life (and death, inevitably) in the Third Reich. There's a lot that's impressive, chiefly regarding German engineering and technology, from Autobahns and Volkswagens to 'Jerry' Cans and jet fighters. We are even allowed to see the positive inclusive side of the Nazi 'volksgemeinschaft' idea, in which the sense of pride and belonging help explain why the 'political religion' of Nazism (an increasingly popular concept, used here) took root so succesfully.
Of course there's the other darker side to, represented here by all kinds of diverse objects, from the infamous splendour of the Wannsee mansion, to the tawdry humiliation imposed by the various badges used to classify concentration camp prisoners, and most mordantly epitomised by such objects as the gatehouse to Birkenau, the 'Arbeit Mach Frei' sign from Dachau, and the horrifically banal yet terrifying can of Zyklon B.
This remarkable and fascinating collection starts innocuously enough, with Hitler's watercolour set, only to end with Göring's broken cyanide capsule, and its brass container. That says it all, frankly.