1938: Hitler's Gamble

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Basic Books, 2009 - History - 324 pages
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In this masterful narrative, acclaimed historian Giles MacDonogh chronicles Adolf Hitler’s consolidation of power over the course of one year. Until 1938, Hitler could be dismissed as a ruthless but efficient dictator, a problem to Germany alone; after 1938 he was clearly a threat to the entire world.

It was in 1938 that Third Reich came of age. The F hrer brought Germany into line with Nazi ideology and revealed his plans to take back those parts of Europe lost to “Greater Germany” after the First World War. From the purging of the army in January through the Anschluss in March, from the Munich Conference in September to the ravages of Kristallnacht in November, MacDonogh offers a gripping account of the year Adolf Hitler came into his own and set the world inexorably on track to a cataclysmic war.

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User Review  - Raimo Wirkkala - Goodreads

This is sobering history. The melancholy fact that Hitler might've been stopped at several points before bringing about the cataclysm of WW II is profoundly disturbing. A good addition to the scholarship regarding the Third Reich. Read full review

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User Review  - Ian Major - Goodreads

A gripping account month by month of this year that made WWII inevitable. Looking back we can see how differently things might have worked out if the bullies had been faced down. And how widespread ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Giles MacDonogh is the author of several books on German history, including The Last Kaiser: A Life of Wilhelm II and Frederick the Great as well as histories of Berlin and Prussia. A graduate of Oxford University, MacDonogh has written for the Financial Times, the Times (London), the Guardian, and the Evening Standard. He lives in London with his family.

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