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Hitler's War

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  296 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Beginning in 1933 with Hitler's economic and military rebuilding of Germany following World War I, and concluding in 1945 with the events surrounding his alleged Hitler's War is an insider's view of the events from the point of view of the man who held Europe in thrall for more than a decade. 16 pages of photographs.
Paperback, 794 pages
Published February 1st 1990 by Avon Books (first published March 31st 1977)
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Frank Doosey
Aug 05, 2013 Frank Doosey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had heard much lamentation about David Irving being a Holocaust denier, and about extreme bias in this book, which only made me want to read it more. At over 800 pages, it's no easy read, but if you're a fan of historical works, you'll probably enjoy it.

I did not see any favoritism showed towards Hitler or anyone else in Nazi Germany. Perhaps the reason this book was lambasted was because he didn't take an overtly negative tone - the book is written from a neutral point, not critical, nor prai
Armin Hennig
Mar 26, 2017 Armin Hennig rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geschichte
Es gab seinerzeit viel Lärm um diesen aberwitzigen Versuch aus der Perspektive des GRÖFAZ eine Geschichte des zweiten Weltkriegs zu schreiben, vor allem wegen der dahinter verborgenen Absicht zu beweisen, dass der Führer als Feldherr nichts von der Massenvernichtung der Juden mitbekommen konnte. Irving konzediert nur eine Gelegenheit bei der Hitler vielleicht was davon hätte erfahren können, was Himmler und Co da hinter seinem Rücken mit den Juden angestellt haben.
Abgesehen von diesem Versuch ei
Dec 01, 2015 Breathing rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii
You will not find a more detailed account on Hitler's decisions towards and during the war. You just cannot, since Mr. Irving's knowledge- the book has an insane amount of sources, most of them primary- is beyond what other historians can aim for. His ability to get in touch with important survivors of the Third Reich- many of whom would reject other historians for their one-sided views- and lay hands on unique sources (like the Goebbels' diaries) make him one of the- if not the most- fundamenta ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Lobstergirl marked it as perhaps-i-will-read-hard-to-say  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-history
Gordon Craig called this "the best study we have of the German side of the Second World War." [When? Maybe other scholarship has surpassed it.] But Richard J. Evans finds it highly flawed. Quoting directly from Ian Buruma's New Yorker article (4/16/2001):

He shows how Irving hid some of the worst statements about the Jews in footnotes, or mistranslated the German to make them sound almost innocuous. Facts were invented, such as fifty thousand Jews having fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising....An
Sep 30, 2013 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf
Although Irving went off the rails later in his career, that should detract in no way from this, his magnum opus. Beginning with the start of the Second World War, Irving takes the reader inside Hitler's command and his inner circle and chronicles how he fought the war. The book is meticulously researched and showcases the author's great writing style that draws the reader into the text. As the book is written from the locus of what Hitler was thinking, doing, etc., some have criticized it as be ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Danne rated it it was amazing
A totally unique book, theres noone else like this one, chronicles ww2 via, mostly, documents from the archives (many just recently found), and its also unique in its way its written, it simply "states" what the author finds in the archives, objectively and succinct, in my opinion as all historians should do
Nainika Cécilia
Sep 06, 2015 Nainika Cécilia rated it really liked it
There are those who believe what they have been told. There are those who go with the flow. There are those who contemplate. And then there are those who like to question and reason.

The early 20th century witnessed the rise of the Nazi regime which proliferated throughout the 20's and 30's until it wreaked havoc on the world, wiping away a major chunk of the human race and heritage. The Nazi ideologies were so widespread that it intimidated half the world about the consequences if it was left u
Kelly Korby
Apr 28, 2012 Kelly Korby rated it it was amazing
A great history of the war Germany was fighting during WWII. Not based as much on Hitler as the study of the actual war aspects. Definitely more balanced than other histories and biographies. Well documented and footnoted also. Highly recommended reading.
Apr 18, 2016 StandardIssue rated it it was amazing
Shelves: war
Undoubtedly David Irving's best book. Don't be dissuaded from reading by Irving's reputation, because this book should be considered gospel on Hitler and World War II, an absolute masterpiece. Irving's research process involved going through, day by day, and logging the actions of Adolf Hitler, as told from official German documents and Hitler's closest confidants, whom he interviewed. The book is marvelous, but the story of how this monstrous historical narrative was written is just as exciting ...more
Jul 13, 2013 Pieter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geschiedenis
Although the book has 800+ pages, the book only focuses on the key political and military aspects of Hitler's reign (1933-1945). One actually revives the dilemmas the former chancellor faced along the way. It is striking that many of his strategical decisions or opinions (not being executed by his generals) were right.
Bhavikk Lilawala
Mar 08, 2017 Bhavikk Lilawala rated it it was amazing
Mr.David Irving is an outstanding historian and a writer. what i love about this man is he never backs down to unearth the truth, come what may. Hitler's war is a must read for everyone who think Hitler was the only War monger who dragged Europe into World War 2 while no one blame it on Winston Churchill
Feb 11, 2010 Ricardo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
David Irving fue acusado en su natal Gran Bretaña por escribir sobre Hitler y el Tercer Reich objetiva e imparcialmente, sin satanismos. ¿Que la Historia no debe escribirse así? Con una profunda investigación y respaldado por una amplia documentación, mucha de ella inédita, Irving se enfrentó a la doble tarea de investigar y convencer. La historia misma le dará la razón.
La secuela-precuela El Camino de la Guerra, Irving nos da los antecedentes, igualmente documentados, para poder leer La Guerra
Claire Paravel
Dec 14, 2016 Claire Paravel rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book backed by an amazing amount of research and proof . I saw a video where he claimed that when he first submitted it for publication the publisher said great book but we need 8-10 pages about the 6 million Jews who were gassed to death. He refused as a historian who basis his work on fact and proof he said there was no proof .The guy has guts if nothing else as THEY have made his life pretty much a living hell.
Mar 18, 2013 Olethros rated it liked it
-Hay autores que trascienden su obra, pero aquí se tiende a hablar de libros-.

Género. Biografía.

Lo que nos cuenta. Primer libro de una biografía en dos partes sobre Adolf Hitler, que narra los sucesos desde el atardecer del 3 de septiembre de 1939 hasta las tres y cuarto de la tarde del 30 de abril de 1945.

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Merah Naga
Apr 06, 2015 Merah Naga rated it it was amazing
buku yang sangat memuaskasn tapi sayangnya akhir-akhir ini kondisi hidupku dalam jalur buntu; dalam artian melingkar. harus baca heidegger, sosiologi yang menyangkut interaksionisme dan lainnya. jadi pusing. tapi yang jelas, ini buku terbagus yang pernah aku baca soal hitler. aku juga lagi baca Mein Kampfnya Hitler.
Jan 09, 2014 Mementomori rated it really liked it
Whatever you think about Irving, and I in no way condone his Nazi sympathies, I found this extremely interesting and readable. Its different slant is almost like the 'losers' view of the war. I would read him again. How subjective is his research? I couldnt say, but its an interesting alternative view.
May 31, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
one of my favorite world war 2 books.
Pacific Lee
The book attempted to “describe events from behind the Fuhrer’s desk, seeing each episode through his eyes.” To that extent I think the book was fairly well written, with excerpts that I found interesting, particularly those from his doctors (for example, the physical exam after the bomb assassination attempt).

The focus seems to be mainly military, mixed in with some political intrigue within the ranks and without. It was eye-opening to see the war unfurling from the Axis perspective. For examp
Jul 26, 2014 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
David Irving did a great job here . This books mentions everything about World War II and analyze Hitler's thoughts . The bad is that is very difficult book and in some points you get very confused .
I think it worth a try for those who like books that have to do with War .
Jan 29, 2017 Harry rated it it was amazing
Best thing I've read on AH so far.
Kevin Hansen
Sep 26, 2015 Kevin Hansen rated it really liked it
Definitely an interesting premise - I'm not sure I agree that it is possible (I'm being intentionally vague for spoilers-purposes) - but I'm up for the argument either way now.
Apr 25, 2014 Glen rated it liked it
Shows another side of WW2 ... From the German perspective ... Caused some controversy following it's publication ... It's a long read ... Although easy enough to read ...
Apr 26, 2015 Thorsten rated it it was amazing
brilliant first person account Read it in the late seventies when first published and have paged through it many times since.
Pedro Enguita
Un buen libro que aporta una mirada diferente, antes de que la carrera de David Irving se echara a perder -justificadamente- por sus simpatías al nazismo.
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David Irving is a British historian, who is accused of trivializing the holocaust. His books are mostly about the second world war and the Third Reich including topics like Josef Goebbels, Winston Churchill and the bombings of Dresden. In 1996 Irving filed a libel lawsuit against Penguin books and lost, the judge finding Irving guilty of deliberate and gross distortions of history. This lawsuit re ...more
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