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on 6 February 2016
Colonel Stauffenberg.

The main problem here is that the author clearly worships Stauffenberg. For example, when Stauffenberg blatantly lies to his fellow conspirators that he saw "Hitler''s body being carried on a stretch", the author says that this was a forgivable exaggeration, and not what it really was: a straight lie to his own friends.

Also, he is REALLY opinionated, calling the Nazis all the the time "the coward so and so...", "the treacherous so and so...", "the fat so and so with his increasing belly..." and on and on. It gets boring after a time.

Anyway, there are some dense parts, with difficult reading or strange phrase constructions. But my general opinion is that one gets a lot of information about this sad subject, for the bucks you've spent in this book.
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on 10 October 2016
Really enjoyed this DVD
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on 6 November 2012
An absolutely fascinating read; a must read for anybody with an interest in World War Two. Set in Nazi Germany 'Countdown to Valkyrie' describes the ascent and descent of the Nazi's rise to power. It focuses on various assassination attempts on Hitler's life with the main focus being the July Plot to assassinate Hitler, spearheaded by Count Claus von Stauffenberg. Jones takes us on a journey from Stauffenberg's youth in the Weimar Republic through to Hitler's totalitarian dictatorship. He describes and explains all the previous assassination attempts on the Fuhrer's life culminating with the July Plotters; their near success and devastating failure, followed by an aftermath of trails and torture.

Jones' covers in fine detail the horrors of living in Nazi Germany and the terrors of its all-consuming state. It is a harrowing look at Nazism, from everything it encompassed to the fate that awaited those who tried to stand up against it. It is an exploration of German pride, resistance, courage and conviction of belief.

' Countdown to Valkyrie' is written in a clear and concise manner, to the point yet utterly engaging. I cannot recommend it enough.
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on 12 November 2012
Although the film is far from a classic, or even one of Tom Cruise's best, the story of the plot to kill Hitler is a fascinating one. In regards to the film one learns through this book that the movie was largely historically accurate for Hollywood.
The author marries the need for facts with the need to tell the story well. The book naturally puts Staffenberg at the centre of the book, but so too it deals with the co-conspirators well and hightlights the optimism and folly of the plan. Would say that even though we know how things turned out the set-piece of the assassination attempt and the attempted coup afterwards are written extremely well.
One small criticism would be that, after reading a few other things online about Staffanberg, the author tends to treat him with too much sympathy. As much as they might be considered heroes, many of the officers involved were also self-serving Nazis. Yet can recommend Countdown to Valkyrie. It's both a thriller and history book in one.
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on 28 February 2013
Brought this book for my kindle has i have a big intrest in the second world war.
From reading the first page to reading the last,you will find its poorly written.

Im not joking when i say its the worst book ive ever read that contains so many grammatical errors.
Every page you turn you will find an error.I dont know if the paper or hardback is the same,but
i would recommend that you stay away from the kindle version,even though the book is informative to
read the amount of spelling mistakes and basic grammar errors makes this book hard to enjoy.

If your looking to read this book,try the paperback or hardback version
as they might not contain the errors in which this kindle edition does.

Kind regards

Adi
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on 30 December 2012
Far outclasse's the film in every way.The main participants are clearly described and the events leading up to Hitler's
rise and early successe's set down so that one can more easily understand why he was so popular at first.
The weakness of Britain and France in letting him get away with his agression,eventually ended in a terrible war.
Once Hitler was established he then siezed further power and it became almost impossible to remove him.An abject
lesson on what an absolute ruler can do.
The realisation that only drastic measures can save the day and something must be done before Germany is destroyed make up the rest of the story.
The book describes several earlier plots as well as Valkyrie and I found it Absorbing and at times mind boggling
to think that such things could happen in the modern age.
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on 17 August 2016
Although I have read much of the Valkyrie Plot I thoroughly enjoyed (if one can enjoy an account of the sacrifices of those willing to make a stand against one of the most horrific regimes in history) this well researched and well paced historical account from the pre-war attempts to assassinate Hitler right through to the end of the war and beyond. It was one of those books I found difficult to put down and extremely moving.
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on 16 July 2014
A well-written book which sets out the frustrations of the anti-Hitler factions as they tried (and failed) to dispatch the leader of the Nazi party throughout his long and violent tenure. The book holds your interest, with plenty of detail suggesting thorough research. Would recommend to anyone interested in history, particularly the July 20 plot and it's chief protagonists, which is the main focus.
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on 30 May 2014
One of the best books of this type I've ever read. Historically accurate but well written & gripping to read. (Some books can be all history but so DRY!) The book helps the reader to grasp the 1930s & 40s Germany was not all Natzis , some men tried to do the right thing.
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on 9 February 2013
Excellent history lesson in what might have been if Hitler hadn't had the luck of Jobe !! Everyone who has ever thought that all wartime Germans were the same should read this.
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