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How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  228 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Most of us rally around the glory of the Allies' victory over the Nazis in World War II. The story is often told of how the good fight was won by an astonishing array of manpower and stunning tactics. However, what is often overlooked is how the intersection between Adolf Hitler's influential personality and his military strategy was critical in causing Germany to lose the ...more
Paperback, 337 pages
Published December 11th 2001 by Broadway Books (first published 2000)
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Carol Storm
This work of non-fiction is soooo much more interesting than Harry Turtledove's unbearable "War That Came Early" series.

This is a true history of World War II that outlines the facts yet also explores electrifying what-if questions -- Germany overruns the Persian Gulf, creates oil-rich superstate, Russia and America are humbled, Britain ceases to exist!

Jeff Dawson
Overall, this wasn't a bad read, but it was titled incorrectly. Yes, Egypt was open for the taking in the early stages of 1942 and possibly 43, but with Hitler not committing enough troops to take Egypt, the Middle East would just be a pipe-dream. If Hitler would have thrown enough troops for Rommel to capture the oilfields of the Iran and Iraq, they would still have to hold them. To think England would wither and die without those countries is hardly feasible. The British Fleet would pull out a ...more
Warning: If you read a lot of WW2 history be prepared to be annoyed by this book. While what ifs are fun to talk about among friends this book goes to show that they do not translate into strong, or even interesting historical work. Not that I totally hated this book but the author talks so authoritatively about what would have happened if blank, as if events are so linear that it could be that clear what the outcome of any of these changes would have been. Most what if scenarios and alternate h ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Martin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historians
This book had me hooked from the begining. It gave a good look at what could have been if Hitler would not have interevened. If he would have left the war to his general the Third Reich would be in place today. If you plan on reading this book you should have a decent understanding of the events that took place through out the war, because the book does not go into detail on certain events. Overall a wonderful read of Hitler's blunders.
Mike Angelillo
Bevin Alexander is a bit of an unknown gem in the military history field. A professor from Longwoods College in Farmville, VA, Alexander also served in a "historical battalion" during the Korean War.

Besides this analysis of the military errors of the Third Reich, Lee's Civil War, How Great Generals Win and Korea the First War We Lost are worth the time if you enjoy being an armchair general.

Dec 17, 2010 Steven added it
Interesting topic. What if Hitler had not come to Mussolini's rescue after his bumbled attempt at invasion of Greece? Swept through the Middle East (OIL) and forced Turkey to join in invasion of USSR form the south at a more opportune time? Thought provoking.
Jacob Wolinsky
This book was a disappointment - it was basically an elementary overview of WWII along the way with some mistakes the Germans made which lost them the war - the author spent little time on the mistakes and why some were rational from the German point of view (ie there are a few reasons Hitler rejected the Mediterranean and N Africa approach), however, the author only discussed why it would have been good to focus more on the sector not the reasons why the Germans did not. If you want a basic und ...more
Bevin Alexander teaches military history in some liberal arts college I've never heard about before, and writes popular books for armchair generals. This one is about the European theater of World War II, and how Hitler could have won the war there. During the Battle of Britain, Hitler could have finished attacking the chain of radar stations along the British coast, airfields and control centers instead of switching to attacking British cities. He could have seized Malta instead of Crete, ensur ...more
John Nevola
Alternative history is always interesting to read, especially when written by a knowledgeable expert in the chosen field who presents plausible scenarios. Bevin Alexander is one such author. People can then discuss and disagree with certain aspects of the speculation offered by the expert and exchange critical observations and opinions.

In this case, the author deals more with the mistakes made by the Germans in certain battles or campaigns and less about the alternate scenario; “How Hitler Could
I’m a great fan of alternate history both fictional and extrapolation. Bevin Alexander’s book How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors that led to Nazi Defeat is of the latter category. Extrapolating an alternate history is difficult to due to the fact that just because one alters a few key events does not necessarily mean that the future would have played out like the author predicts; however, it does make food for thought on how things could have been. This was the hope that I ...more
The book explores alternate history - of the options that Germany, under Hitler, had open for them and how close the Allies may have come to losing the war.

Alternate history books make interesting read, but one must not forget that Germany having these options may not have necessarily resulted in the defeat of the Allied Powers, but surely would have extended the war much beyond it historic length and would have changed the course of history in many ways.

I expected the book to detail further on
This book was very interesting and portrayed some of the events of WWII in a way I haven't experienced before. This book goes into clear detail of simple decisions that could have easily led to Hitler wining the war. These results of the actions Hitler should've taken are hypothetical of course, but I felt that they were very realistic. Two problems I had with the book. The first and the only major problem I had was how often the author would write paragraph after paragraph saying this unit went ...more
The first heavy reading WWII book that I have read. Since it was written by a professor from Longwood University in my home state I thought I would give it a read. For someone who doesn't know tons of details about the war, this was a good book. There were a lot of 'If this happened then this would happen' and some points of the book just seemed very unrealistic and dreamy. Either way I recommend this to anyone who wants to read about the war and know some of the major mistakes.
Alexander packs much good information into this relatively short book about World War II, summarizing the major military decisions in the Mediterranean, the Eastern Front, and the European Theater that led to Germany losing the war. Alexander writes very well and tells his story with grace and wit, and both readers who are more deeply read in the war (like me) and those who are looking for a one-volume overview of what happened militarily against Germany should like this book. The author does co ...more
One of the best books based on World War II and I would highly recommend it to any history fanatic and war strategists. Bevin Alexander took the time to outline the entire war and every detail (even in the mini battles in Africa that most of us tend to forget) of the battles that Hitler could have won if he listened to his peers. It's amazing to read and think to yourself, 'Hitler's own stupidity caused his own war'. But nonetheless, if you want to explore the chances that Hitler could have won ...more
The book How Hitler Could Have Won World War II: The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat, was a very interesting book, it really tells all of the mistakes that Hitler made, like not listening to any of his advisors in the invasion of several places. Because of these severe mistakes the Nazi’s had their defeat. This book really tells the story of WW2 in the eyes of Hitler and his advisors. The author of this book really explains the out comes of his mistakes, and what would happen if he actually ...more
This is about a 2.5 out of 5 stars for me. Basically it is lists of battles and troop and supplies positions and Alexander's analysis on the military movements of the war. So it's interesting in that respect, but it's a very narrow focus and the long paragraphs that list troop movements are kind of tedious. Its narrow focus also makes it a little hard to take seriously, since winning a war is a lot more complex than strictly militarily strategy. So that made it hard to take the book seriously.

A "What If?" history without "What If?" in the title. The early parts are more interesting because, by the author's own admission, after 1942 Hitler had lost the war. It was just a question of when. Much of the later chapters consider what the Allies could have done to have won more quickly. Alexander, like every other WWII historian I've read, doesn't like Montgomery. He doesn't like Bradley either but lover Patton(although he does criticize Patton for taking towns he should have bypassed.) Non ...more
Alexander has created simply a masterpiece with this easily understandable, interesting, and detailed account of Hitler's errors stretching from the beginning to the dramatic final days of World War II. Although the book does not propose any detailed descriptions of what the infamous Fuehrer could have done differently as the beginning of the title states, it still delivers a large, story-like telling of Hitler's fatal errors. Alexander leaves you craving for more from this fantastic book.
Book doesn't even bother to give what the title says. Retells historical events as they happened, but that isn't what I had in mind when reading this
Riveting. Turn on the Hearts of Iron II soundtrack and dig in...your heart will race!
Joel Ungar
Found this in the discount section at Barnes & Noble.
Mar 02, 2009 Christi is currently reading it
So far it is interesting...
A solid, well researched, if not always strictly objective, overview of the fatal mistakes made by Hitler and the Third Reich that led to their defeat.
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Bevin Alexander is the author of ten books on military history, including How Wars Are Won, How Hitler Could Have Won World War II, How America Got It Right, and his latest book How the South Could Have Won the Civil War. He was an adviser to the Rand Corporation for a recent study on future warfare and a participant in a recent war game simulation run by the Training and Doctrine Command of the U ...more
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