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The Hitler Years: Triumph 1933-1939

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In 1933, Adolf Hitler came to power in a coup. In a few months he installed a dictatorship, jailing and killing his leftwing opponents, terrorising the rest of the population and driving Jews out of public life.

He embarked on a crash programme of militaristic Keynesianism, reviving the economy and achieving full employment through massive public works, vast armaments spend
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Hardcover, 488 pages
Published November 14th 2019 by Head of Zeus
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Susan
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of two books, chronicling the ‘Hitler Years.’ This first volume takes the reader from 1933 to1939. The second volume, Disaster, covers the years 1940-1945.

At the beginning of 1933, newspaper reports were gleefully suggesting that Hitler’s popularity had peaked. However, Hitler was re-grouping and was aware he needed to gain mainstream political power, if he was to go further. Of course, 1933 was the year that Hitler became Chancellor and, while career politicians thought that H
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Dimitri
Be fairly warned, it's fairly anecdotal. Rather tertiary, with heavy doses of Evans and Kershaw* to frame events. Plenty of photographs, some of which I've never seen in colour, such as Hitler & Hindenburg the day he was appointed chancellor. Good for a cursive read late in the evening.

That said, he succeeds where 1938 Hitler's Gamble failed, with less space per year.
Each gets a chapter in strictly chronological fashion, so some knowledge is a plus if you don't want to befriend the index on the
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John Docherty
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterpiece.

This is a fascinating book. It exposes the weaknesses of Britain and France’s responses to the aggressive arrogance of Hitler and his cohorts. The brutality of the Third Reich towards its own people and to all others who challenged Hitler and his Nazi dreams are shockingly illustrated in this book. I have read several books on Hitler by eminent historians but this in my opinion is, by far, the best covering 1933 to 1939. Looking forward to reading volume 2.
Asser
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thinking about Hitler’s 1939-1945 atrocities is, most of the time, chilling and scary enough, but going through this detailed history of his first six years in office, almost sounds scarier. It goes to show what some of our present-day world leaders could do if they weren’t kept in check and prevented from amassing too much power.
Matt
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An absolute tour-de-force of a book outlining the destruction of Weimar Germany, the rise of the Nazi state and outbreak of war.

Brilliantly paced and deceptively detailed, Prof. McDonough's first part of 'The Hitler Years' is a must-read for casual readers and specialists of the period alike.

Very much looking forward to reading the second instalment.
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Ed
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent

This is a highly readable account of hitlers years in power up to the Second World War. Many books of this type can be heavy going aimed more for academics,history students etc, this was perfect for the general reader with and interest in the subject . Look forward to the next volume .
Janet Ratcliffe
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely riveting read. A heavy subject and concentration required but it is readable, very informative, superbly researched and just brilliant. I highly recommend this book, it had be entranced on a subject I was already fascinated by. No brainer, buy it and read it!
Jordan Ayres
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant comprehensive book on the years leading up to WWII in the Nazi regime. Would highly recommend!
Ross
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting, informative and well written. I learned a lot about the diplomacy that took place behind the scenes, and how that contrasted with the public war of words
Rebecca
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic book, clearly and decisively uses sources and photos to explore the events leading to war. Mesmerising in the detail, and with an eye on the international picture.
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Professor Frank McDonough is a British historian of 20th century Germany and International History. Born in Liverpool, England, he worked as a shipping clerk and an insurance clerk before he joined Liverpool John Moores University as a Professor of International History in the School of Humanities and Social Science.
His major areas of research are: international history, particularly Anglo-German
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