The Arms of Krupp: The Rise and Fall of the Industrial Dynasty that Armed Germany at War
In this massive, compellingly readable book, America's preeminent biographer/historian brings to life Europe's richest, most powerful family, a 400-year dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons (from cannons to submarines to anti-aircraft guns)...more
Partially an epic family history and partially a fascinating behind the scenes perspective on the Franco-Prussian War, WW1 and WW2 (including the Holocaust and the Nuremberg trials), this book was incredibly hard to put down.
What's perhaps more amazing is the way it covers all the intermediate periods between the big name events with impeccable detail, for example the Weimar Republic from the view of the industrial elite which is never discussed ...more
An appalling story, brilliantly told. Pretty much impossible to put down, as I learned to my cost.
It does run a tad long (which is not a fault to me), but it does get a bit repetitive near the ...more
Still it is worth the the arduous slog through the many pages a ...more
I also didn't know what an underdog Prussia was prior to 1870. It's easy to forget that France was once the land warfare superpower of the world who the rest of the developed world had to combine to beat in 1815.
And Manchester's writing manages to weav ...more
As a readable work it is a little dry in spots unless you have a real love of business proceedings. For me he loses his linear progression in the last third of the book, and the story becomes a constant retelling of the same stories surrounding the Nazi regim ...more
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