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Hitler's Generals

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In Hitler's Generals, distinguished historian Correlli Barnett has gathered together an outstanding team of military historians to write about the characters and careers of twenty-six generals of the Third Reich. The book probes the central mystery of why a generation of the world's most able commanders and staff officers came to be seduced by Hitler, and why they failed t ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published July 17th 2003 by Grove Press (first published August 1989)
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Despite my earlier comment r.e. that swine Irving, this book is still well worth reading, in the first instance because of the extremely interesting, though subtle, differences in perspective of the various distinguished contributors. It would still be worth reading aside from that, however, even if only because the late General Dr. Ferdinand Maria von Senger und Etterlin's excellent biographical sketch of his father, General der Panzertruppe Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin, is so beautifully ...more
John Nelson
This book contains a series of biographical essays about many of Germany's leading generals and field marshals during WWII. Each essay is by a different author. The result is somewhat disjointed. While certain characteristics, such as the Prussian background of most of the generals and their widespread opposition to Hitler, frequently reappear, there is no overall evaluation of the major questions presented by their careers, which as I see it are two: (1) How did Germany's military elite and oth ...more
Steven Peterson
This is a useful overview of some of Germany's leading generals in the years leading up to World War II and their performance in that conflict. This is a volume that looks at the "good" (e.g., Rommel, Guderian, Manstein, Kesselring), the "bad" (e.g., Paulus), and the "ugly." (e.g., Keitel and Jodl). As such, it provides context for understanding the actions, decisions, and effects of a series of major general officers.

Is this book a whitewash? Hardly. Generals such as Senger are portrayed as tr
An excellent reference source to provide a quick overview of the German generals in World War II. It doesn't go into great depth about any particular general, but gives you enough detail to understand their backgrounds and relationships to Hitler.
From what I've read so far, nobody liked Hitler. His own people thought he was crazy, and most were involved in plots to assassinate him at some pont. I don't know if there is a good reason to continue on with this book. LOL
Overall I enjoyed this book. I will say that the various essays were hit or miss. I thought some were too biased towards the protagonist.
Mick Maye
Informative overview of a range of German generals.
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Correlli Barnett is the author of highly-praised history books, such as 'The Desert Generals', 'The Swordbearers' and 'Britain and her Army'. He was historical consultant and part author of the BBC series 'The Great War' and won the 1964 Screen Writers' Guild Award for best British television documentary script.
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