Blood and Iron: From Bismarck to Hitler the Von Moltke Family's Impact on German History

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HarperCollins, 1995 - Germany - 434 pages
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In the turbulent history of modern Germany the name of Moltke has stood for military power and also enduring moral strength. At every major crisis in more than a century of German history the von Moltke family has played a critical role. The history of the family is thus a way of perceiving and assessing the history of modern Germany. For the Germany of the von Moltkes was also the Germany of Bismarck and Hitler, Wagner and Strauss, Nietzsche, Mann, and Brecht. Friedrich's vivid and knowledgeable style makes this an absorbing historical chronicle full of characters and events on a broad canvas along with personal histories, anecdotes, and gossip within and without the corridors of power.

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This is a five star nightime special. But a three star afternoon read. It summarizes history with a focus on Bismark and his relation to von Moltke. So interesting enough to get you to turn the page ... Read full review

BLOOD AND IRON: From Bismarck to Hitler, the Von Moltke Family's Impact on German History

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Two centuries of German history are brought into focus through the lens of a strategically placed, highly interesting family. American journalist Friedrich's (Olympia: Paris in the Age of Manet, 1992 ... Read full review


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Otto Friedrich (1929-1995) was a journalist and cultural historian. A contributing editor at The Saturday Evening Post and Time magazine, he was the author of fourteen books, including Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s.

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