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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Fascinating book detailing the critical year of 1938, when Hitler enacted his plans to annex Austria and dismember Czechoslovakia to advance his Greater Germany project . The author illustrates the ... Read full review

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A little knowledge of the Third Reich will help understanding this book. While it presumably sticks to a narrative timeline the players names on a scorecard would help. Eventually MacDonogh comes across with the information that his family was/is involved in the story he's telling. 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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