The Devil's Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - History - 984 pages
The Nazi Regime was essentially a religious cult relying on the hypnotic personality of Adolf Hitler, and it was fated to die with him. But while it lasted, his closest lieutenants competed ferociously for power and position as his chosen successor. This peculiar leadership dynamic resulted in millions of deaths and some of the worst excesses of World War II. The Devil's Disciples is the first major book for a general readership to examine those lieutenants, not only as individuals but also as a group. It focuses on the three most important Nazi paladins-Göring, Goebbels, and Himmler-with their nearest rivals-Bormann, Speer, and Ribbentrop-in close attendance. Others who were removed in various ways-like Gregor Strasser, Ernst Röhm, Heydrich, and Hess-play supporting roles. Making the fullest use of diaries, documents, and memoirs, The Devil's Disciples offers fresh insights into their characters and their relationships to one another and to Hitler. Perceptive, illuminating, and grandly ambitious, The Devil's Disciples is above all a powerful chronological narrative, showing how the personalities of Hitler's inner circle developed and how their jealousies and constant intrigues affected the regime, the war, and Hitler himself. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Nazi period, or the workings of a dictatorship.
 

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THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLES: The Lives and Times of Hitler's Inner Circle

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Hermann Göring to Heinrich Himmler, April 1945: "Herr Reich Marshal . . . if anything should prevent you from succeeding the Führer—say you are eliminated—can I have the position?"Adolf Hitler may ... Read full review

Detailed account of Hitler's inner circle

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This book provides a very detailed and fascinating account of the lives of the men in Hitler's inner circle, from childhood to the final days in the bunker underneath the Reichstag. It is an important ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
ROOTS 19181923
11
OUR TIME WILL COME AGAIN
13
IF ONLY THERE COULD BE FIGHTING AGAIN
39
FIGHTING THE NOVEMBER CRIMINALS
61
BEER HALL REVOLUTION
85
THE YEARS OF STRUGGLE 19241933
103
REGROUPING
105
KRISTALLNACHT
505
ILL COOK THEM A STEW THAT THEYLL CHOKE ON
528
I HAVE THE WORLD IN MY POCKET
554
IF WE LOSE THIS WAR THEN GOD HAVE MERCY ON US
574
WAR GERMANY TRIUMPHANT
593
BLITZKRIEG
595
YELLOW
614
EAGLES AND SEA LIONS
641

A STAR IN THE MAKING
126
CHIEF BANDIT OF BERLIN
154
WE COME AS ENEMIES
176
SSMAN YOUR LOYALTY IS YOUR HONOUR
202
NOW THE CHESS GAME FOR POWER BEGINS
223
THE TURNING POINT
248
POWER AND REVOLUTION 19331936
273
POWER
275
COORDINATION
292
THE END OF THE BROWN REVOLUTION
317
NIGHT OF THE LONG KNIVES
345
WE ALWAYS APPROVE EVERYTHING OUR FUHRER DOES
375
THE FOURYEAR PLAN
404
EXPANSION THE GREATER GERMAN REICH 19371939
429
THE BLOMBERGFRITSCH AFFAIR
431
ANSCHLUSS
456
THE SUDETENLAND CRISIS
480
THE WHOLE WORLD WILL HOLD ITS BREATH
664
THE GREATEST DECEPTION OPERATION IN MILITARY HISTORY
693
BARBAROSSA
710
WAR DEFEAT
735
THE FINAL SOLUTION
737
THE BEGINNING OF THE END
761
DO YOU WANT TOTAL WAR?
783
CALL ME MEIER
809
LAST THROW OF THE DICE
831
GOTTERDAMMERUNG
860
THE END OF THE ROAD
891
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
925
NOTES
926
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
948
INDEX
957
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