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The Lost Life of Eva Braun

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  405 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
The inner lives of the top Nazis and their families, Hitler's famous mistress---ultimately his wife---comes to three-dimensional life in this penetrating and critically acclaimed biography.

She left her convent school at the age of seventeen and met Hitler a few months later. She became his mistress before age twenty. They remained in an exclusive sexual relationship from 1
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Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2006)
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Aubrey
Jul 23, 2008 Aubrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone interested in historical figures
This is the first historical book that I've read cover-to-cover without skipping any chapters or sections. The author has a great narrative voice and blends fact with description very well. As I read I found myself becoming attached to Eva Braun, almost as if I was reading a friend's biography rather than a stranger's. Another great thing about this book is that it really helped me understand and (gasp) feel sympathy for the German people during WWII. This book opened my eyes in new ways and I j ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Had the Germans been the good guys and the Allies the bad guys of world war two the love story of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun would have rivaled perhaps even that of Romeo and Juliet in the public imagination despite their age difference (23 years) and Hitler's very low libido brought about, I suspect, partly by his being a vegetarian and eating too much cakes and pastries (up to now, in fact, there are questions as to his true sexual orientation or if he and Eva have had normal sex).

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Mari Stroud
I hesitate as I start out in the writing of this review, because to attack The Lost Life of Eva Braun feels almost as if to attack Angela Lambert herself. In retrospect, this should have been an early warning of one of the book's deepest flaws, that Lambert is acting as such a deeply and personally involved interpreter of events rather than pretending any kind of objective distance as a historian. She admits from the very first pages that she has an agenda in defending Eva Braun from a slew of m ...more
Amanda
Jun 30, 2015 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. So disappointing. In fairness, I only lasted about 50 pages, but I couldn't take anymore. When I first started it, I loved the chatty tone of the book. The further I read, though, I became increasingly annoyed.

1) The author repeats herself SO MUCH. I think this is my biggest issue. I read three footnotes that were nearly word-for-word identical. Then she would restate the same information in the main portion of the book.
2) I'm not sure the author understands how footnotes are supposed to
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Gloria Frankowski
Feb 03, 2014 Gloria Frankowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a rather sympathetic view of Eva Braun, which the reader should rightly question. That said, the author evidences her empathy for Eva skillfully. I found myself thoroughly engaged in the question of German women's complicity and/or responsibility in Nazi atrocities and rise to power. Lambert pulls off a complicated stunt with impressive historical evidence and research. I found her footnotes most entertaining, she presents her source documentation with morbid humor and proper sar ...more
Laura
May 27, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book I've read about Eva Braun this year (yes, I'm a bit obsessed!) and by far the best. At 600 pages, it's pretty comprehensive but rarely feels like it's been padded out (in contrast, Heike B. Gortemaker's 300-page-long 'Eva Braun: Life with Hitler' seemed to be about 50% padding). It was also well-written, with a feminine touch that made it easy to picture the details of EB's life and feel sympathy for her. While I can't attest to its absolute historical accuracy, 'The Lost ...more
Luke Devenish
Apr 26, 2014 Luke Devenish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was devastating. Eva Braun was not in any way a bad person, just a naive and misguided one, hopelessly in the thrall of a very damaged father figure with an unnatural amount of charisma. Just like the rest of Germany. But she was the only one who slept with him. Her life was a nightmare. A vile gilded cage existence surrounded by butcher birds and half out of her mind with obsessive love. And never allowed to read a newspaper or hear a radio in case she learned the truth. Catastrophe looms ...more
Becky Loader
Apr 28, 2014 Becky Loader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been curious about how Eva Braun, a young woman working in a photographer's studio, ended up being the companion of Adolf Hitler. This book is very informative and non-judgmental. The author is also a skilled writer, so the story flows almost like fiction. Definitely worth reading to fill in the background of Braun.
Rosemary
Sep 19, 2007 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was an interesting read. Leading up to Hitler's take over, how the German people became swayed by their stoic way of life and how Eva was so captivated by all of it. I was amazed at how small a part she played in the political movement.
Lois Smith
Aug 24, 2008 Lois Smith rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All adults
Shelves: autobiography
This book answered my questions as to who Hitler was, why the German people supported him, and what his homelife was like. It was an interesting read and opened my eyes to better understand this terrible period in history.
Debbie
Jan 02, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII buffs
Very interesting story about someone rather neglected in history. The book could have been better edited, but it was easy to read, and the photos were fascinating.
Adelina
Разказ за живота на Ева Браун от детството й през запознанството с Хитлер до смъртта им в бункера. Представена е като леко вятърничаво момиче, интересуващо се от филми, забавления и клюки. Типична жена от своето време, възпитавана да бъде добра, подкрепяща съпруга, грижовна майка и нищо повече. Ева през всичкото време се надява да получава любов от Хитлер, остава в страни от политическата му дейност, неинформирана достатъчно нито за събитията, нито за неговата идеология, дори не е била член на Н ...more
Ruth
This book strives to show a sympathetic portrait of Eva Braun, Hitler's, younger by twenty years, girlfriend. Of course it is hard to swallow any "poor Eva" story compared to almost any one else in Germany, never mind the Jews. It is not any kind of apologist angle, don't get me wrong. She mostly seems to be saying that Eva was not a dumb blond. Or at least not a total bimbo? It is a good read, am not sure about the result.

The author is part German and her Mother is the same age as Eva, so she
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PlumJo
Mar 02, 2012 PlumJo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I did my thesis on Lee Miller's photojournalism during WWII so I spent 4 months completely immersed in the war. At the end of it all I sat back and said, "Wait a second. Hitler had a girlfriend through the whole thing. WHO WOULD EVER-?! WHAT?! WHY!!??? HHHHOOWW?! WWWWHOOOO????????!" I decided to find out. I found this book at my library and it's in nearly pristine condition, I doubt it's been taken out more than 4 times. It's pretty new, too, published in 2006. Come to think of it, the librarian ...more
Heather Knight
I thought I should know more about the woman my car is named after, so I picked up this biography. It's done in a fairly unique way, since the author's mother was born at the same time and very near to the same place as the subject. So it covers a lot of ground about what it meant to be a German woman at this time, and I think makes some interesting points about what these women — even Eva Braun — could have known or done about the Holocaust that was happening all around them. It doesn't absolve ...more
Simon
Sep 13, 2014 Simon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book needed an editor to pull Lambert back from truly poor footnotes --- she repeats things over and over, and there are literally footnotes on every page. By one hundred pages in I had decided to stop reading them, as only one in fifty contributed to the information on the actual page. That helped. It might also have been helpful to explain to Lambert that her mother's experiences as an exact contemporary of Eva Braun's had nothing whatsoever to do with Braun.

That being said, this book pic
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Sherrie Pilkington
May 12, 2015 Sherrie Pilkington rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
There are too many problems with this book for me to describe them all. Therefore, I will limit myself to the main one. The author's mother was a German of similar age to Eva Braun. This, apparently, is enough to warrant spending large amounts of time speculating on what her mother would have thought about various aspects of Eva and Hitler's lives. She writes these meandering diatribes (including a picture of her aunt for no apparent reason) about herself and her family that have nothing to do w ...more
Susan Paxton
This is an exceptionally interesting book, with serious flaws. The author gives as detailed a portrait of Eva Braun and her relationship with Hitler as is likely possible given the paucity of surviving information; her insights, often derived from her own German mother, who was born within months of Eva, are often illuminating; her use of sources is wide-ranging. However, there are numerous irritating historical errors that sometimes bring into question the whole. Worthwhile reading, but with re ...more
Katherine Addison
Before the actual review, a side note: the footnotes in this book are the most badly edited footnotes I have ever seen in my life. Aside from the fact that the footnotes are frequently repetitious, the numbers in the text are sometimes on the wrong page. Sometimes there seems to be a footnote missing. Sometimes there are two different places pointing to the same footnote. It's just bafflingly awful.

And while I'm bitching about format and production, there was a very poor choice made at some poin
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Mary
May 14, 2014 Mary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: can't recommend
The definition of 'Photobomb': to ruin (a photograph) by appearing in the image without the photographer’s knowledge, often in some dramatic or comical way.

This book is the literary version of a photobombed photo!
Angela Lambert photobombed Eva Braun.
The author, Angela Lambert, is so emotionally involved with feminism and the Woman-ness of Eva Braun that she never steps aside to focus objectively on the subject so that you aren't simultaneously aware that she's writing her book. And yes, I'd opin
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Claire
Sep 24, 2008 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Graham
Apr 17, 2011 Graham rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a poor biography, largely due to the subject (Eva Braun is such a non-entity and there is a paucity of real detail) and Lamberts inability to stick to the script. Is this a history or a biography? So many references to real events are lifted from others (Kershaw and Burleigh are much better writers and more respected historians, using Wikipedia is just lazy research). All Lambert is left with is conjecture, poorly realised imagination and feminist drivel.
Monique
I was interested in knowing more about this woman who chose to love a man like Hitler. The book was disappointing. There is litle to tell about a girl who fell in love with Hitler at the age of 17 and, given that she was kept out of his public life for the entire time they were together, she did nothing noteworthy except make herself pretty, exercise, take pictures and wait for her man to come and see her. Hitler was away for weeks at a time, caught up in his nefarious deeds, and valued the ligh ...more
Jessica
May 30, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really, really, really interesting insight into one of the most alluring romances of all time.
Lisa
Oct 24, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as coherent as it might have been. The author has a deplorable tendency to repeat information, including entire passages appearing verbatim in more than one place, and also to inject herself and her family history into the book. The book would have benefited from better editing, as there are several errors (mostly in dates, obviously typos, but also occasionally in names, film titles, etc.) in the edition I'm reading.
Phillipa
Apr 03, 2014 Phillipa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Okay, so I'll warn you upfront, this is very long at 602 pages. It was perhaps a little ambitious for me so soon after the 900+ page Shantaram. But I waded thru. And wade thru you must. It is very interesting and jam-packed with foot notes (which generally I find make book-reading more tedious than enjoyable). I'm glad I read it. I think it could've been helped with some sort of historical timeline in the front because (since I didn't do history for matric) I am not so up-to-date on all the date ...more
Anne Marie
Aug 18, 2008 Anne Marie rated it liked it
The author's mother was born in Germany the same year as Eva Braun. She talks about similarities growing up during the years between the World War I and II and Eva's relationship with Hitler.
Lindsay
Jan 11, 2014 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well. This was not a scholarly book, so the language was often quite folksy. The author included a bunch of information that I felt unnecessary, like statistics on the Holocaust. I am well aware that many groups were persecuted and killed.

The author included a lot of boring anecdotes about her mother, who was Eva Braun's age and living in Germany. She would not set up these anecdotes, but rather did big block quotes as if it was an Eva Braun quote. So I got tricked into reading those sometimes.
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Grainne Byrne
I have mixed feelings about this book because I just can't empathise with the subject but from a historical point of view, it is difficult to put down. Also because I've been to Berchtesgaden a couple of times (the town below Hitler's summer home, the Berghof) plus seen what was the Berghof and been to the Eagle's Nest, I can visualise the area vividly so that helped bring it all to life. While the author appears to sometimes make excuses for Eva, of course she isn't making any excuses for Hitle ...more
MAP
3.5 stars.

Angela Lambert claims that this is only the second biography written in English about Eva Braun, and the first to ever be written by a woman. The book follows Eva's life from her carefree Catholic days at home, her adolescence spent in the Catholic schools while her parents' marriage suffered, her first meeting with Hitler, her years alone and practically invisible at Hitler's private retreat, and finally her last days in the bunker.

The book also goes off on a few tangents. While norma
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Angela Maria Helps was born on 14 April 1940, to a English civil servant and a German-born housewife. She wanted to be a writer from childhood. She read politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford. In 1962, she married Martin Lambert, they had a son a daughter, but the union ended five years later, when he left her with two young children to support. She also had other daughter with the Hungarian ...more
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