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Winifred Wagner: A Life at the Heart of Hitler's Bayreuth

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Winifred Wagner was a British-born orphan who became Richard Wagner’s daughter-in-law, head of the Bayreuth festival, and one of Adolf Hitler’s closest personal friends.A no-nonsense Englishwoman who displaced Wagner’s formidable widow to become head of the family and the Festival, Winifred fell adolescently in love with Hitler and made Bayreuth the summer gathering place ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published December 4th 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jun 24, 2011 Sketchbook rated it did not like it
A perfect example of biography overloaded w boring
fact upon fact, repetition upon repetition that goes
nowhere except into an airless tunnel. This 500-page
badly writ book would make a nifty 5,000 wd article.
But get another writer.
Interesting biography
Sep 01, 2008 Kem rated it liked it
An interesting view of Nazi Germany, from the inside. These are very painful people, living in a museum to/ and serving the perspective of a man from another century. You can still read about the goings on within this family, to this very day. If you like the music of Wagner, you may enjoy this book, but it is more about the politics of the family, than anything else.
Aug 10, 2011 Eduardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author had unprecedent access to a wealth of primary sources and created a fascinating portrait of a controversial woman during Bayreuth's taboo Nazi years. Shocking revelations about Wieland, an ardent supporter of Hitler who worked in a satellite concentration camp in Bayreuth. Who knew!
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May 12, 2008 Sheena Ramirez rated it really liked it
I found this book to be extremely interesting, but also very dry. I could generally only get through a few pages a night before falling asleep. A really interesting look at someone involved in the opera world during WW2.
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