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Secret Germany

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  109 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
At thirty-seven, Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg, Chief of Staff of the Reich Reserve Army, was a charismatic figure destined for supreme command. The group of conspirators with whom he conceived the plot to kill Hitler in July 1944 was called 'Secret Germany'. That was also the name of the esoteric circle in which Stauffenberg as a young man had been a disciple of th ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published November 2nd 2006 by Arrow (first published 1994)
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Dec 04, 2010 Jack rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ugh so many facts on every page, AND it was a resource for a HUGE research project. boo. BUT, i learned some pretty interesting things.
I really liked the first 3 chapters where it talked about Col. Claus Von Stauffenberg and how he and conspirators had tried to assassinate Hitler with Operation Valkyrie (aka in history as the July 20, 1944 plot against Hitler) and how Stauffenberg and these conspirators died cause they felt what has the right thing to do, even though they failed and ended up executed for what they did and how they died as heroes to the German people. THEN ch. 4 I started "sleeping" cause it was all about Stauff ...more
Nov 16, 2011 Marcus rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It gives a good portrait of the fascinating man Stauffenberg as well as, and I didn't expect this, a good overview of German literature and culture with good parts on Goethe, Stefan George etc. The authors seem to be well read and I really appreciated the parts where they discuss the struggle between rational and irrational in German culture. In total, the book gives you some insights into the enigmatic Stauffenberg as well as a interesting discussion on ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Val rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book front-loads the bomb-plot, then segues into a somewhat hagiographic biography of Stauffenberg and an extended section about his mentor/spiritual leader's philosophy and poetry. I like literary criticism, but was not expecting it.

There is some seriously over-the-top purple prose (ex: "this creature [continues] to pollute the cosmos with his existence"). The authors also do themselves no favors with their extensive explanation of how Stauffenberg's mentor was not gay, which came off as p
Feb 08, 2013 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Two stars is entirely for the subject. The first 3 chapters were good, but the rest of the book was not well structured, and was in general a sort of rambling rant. But you get the idea that Stauffenberg did the right thing in a time and place when virtually no one else did. There are much better-rated books on him out there that I will look up.
Aug 07, 2011 James rated it it was ok
I would HIGHLY recommend the first third of this book. Very interesting to learn about the effort to destroy Hitler. Then the book takes a turn to boring town, lots of history with little needed information. I would say in the last 2/3rds of the book I learned five things that were interesting. Too bad, this book really had potential.
Apr 23, 2008 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Shelves: history, re-read
The film was uninspired.


A skimming re-read before 30th as I will wish to shut my eyes when Cruise is on screen. Even before a skim I know that Cruise is a foot too short to play the rôle so I will be looking out for stilettos

If only that plot had worked... le sigh

The plot to kil Hitler was more complex than it was expected. Colonel Staffenburg was also an awesome figure, able to face up to the evil that was Hitler.
Apr 07, 2013 Slytheringirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written and informative biography of one of history's lesser and unsung heroes.
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Jun 29, 2012 Rudi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Describes the 20 July bomb plot with hitherto-unachieved accuracy.
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Maybe too much details but gives an excellent potrait of nazis. Well investigated
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Michael Baigent was born in New Zealand in 1948. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Canterbury University, Christchurch, and holds a master's degree in mysticism and religious experience from the University of Kent in England. Since 1976 he has lived in England with his wife and children.

Baigent is a Freemason and a Grand Officer of the United Grand Lodge of England. He has
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