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

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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
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Published December 18th 2007 by Broadway Books (first published 2000)
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This book is not about alternative history of World War II nor an attempt to lessen the magnitude of Hitler’s crimes. it is about the mistakes Hitler made along the way in World War II. It details how the Nazis came scarily close to winning the war. The book is well researched from the politics to thearmy movements in every major battle in the war.

But contrary to the title, 'fatal errors' isn't actually the focus of the book itself. The book starts out decently - in the prologue he states how
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
Carol Storm
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

The chapters on the summer of 1940 and 1941 and the opportunities Hitler squandered in North Africa are electrifying. So are the blow by blow ac
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Very insightful. Shows, not only for Germany, how one man can devastate his country by himself.

Also shows how much talented and prepared were the German officers and high staff and how they clearly saw the way to victory multiple times but all failed to sway Hitler every time.
This should be read also as a warning book. A lot of people think "The Nazis were evil and thus destined to lose and we fighting them destined to win" and such taken for granted views would be shaken with all the possibili
Feb 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
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
Mike Angelillo
May 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Garrett Boskey
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I felt that the book was extremely good. It used real situations and showed how close the Nazis were to winning WWII. Between history changing battles, WWII is told as it happened.
Robert Stoa
The title of this book is misleading; while the author does deal with how could Hitler could have won in the early part of WW2, it devolves into a general accounting of Hitler's actions during the second World War.
Joshua Ortiz
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joshua Ortiz
Expository Reading and Writing

How Hitler Could Have Won World War 2

Why didn’t the german nazis concentrate their enormous military power on the only three beaches the Allies could use to launch their attack on to Europe. Well first of all 7 years ago hitler attack many weak spots and avoid strength,but in 1940 he disavowed his own policy of commenced his own destruction.

In chapter 1 - 7 it tells how hitler had the chance to victory,but he turned away from it to plan a
John Nevola
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-ii
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
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-ww2
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
SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
I learned a great deal I hadn't known about WWII, Europe, reading this book, and I was fascinated the entire time. Also chilled, because the author makes a powerful case for how close it really was. Thoroughly supporting his theory, Alexander posits that the war in Europe was Hitler's to lose, and the delusional and otherwise troubled personality of the Fuhrer himself led him to make massive errors in judgement. Despite three brilliant generals, Germany managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of ...more
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
Don Thompson
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this and was a little surprised at really how close Hitler came to winning. The other part that was interesting was how inept the British were in Northern Africa. They simply did not understand the use of massed armor and had a total lack of leadership. That includes Churchill who was a politician not a professional soldier. When he did have good generals he did not listen to them. Then there is also some of the generals he choose to lead the 8th Army. Montgomery in my opinion was a go ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Les Wolf
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know. The title has raised a few eyebrows. Alexander is not pro-Nazi. His book is a well-written, easy-to-follow history of the war between the allied and axis powers with expert commentary by a military analyst. Bevin Alexander points out the errors made by both sides during the war in addition to the fascinating examination of the strategical flaws in Hitler's battle plan. So many times, the German generals were poised to take the army to total victory but then the Austrian corporal would ch ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii, nonfiction
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.

Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
A fan boy solves the problems of the dead leader armed only with the power of hindsight. If only Hilter and his buddies would have had access to over 50 years of historic research about 1945! I am sure he would have won in this conditions. Otherwise, this long story is all a fantasy. "England would have... because I say so." that would be the synthesis of most of the text. Just replace England with another country according to the context.
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Matt Clem
A great book for monday-morning quarterbacks which examines just how likely it could have been for the Axis powers to defeat the Allies had Hitler changed just a few tactical decisions and perhaps empowered Rommel and others a bit more. Thankfully that didn't happen.
Joe Donohue
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strangely it doesn't cover the Holocaust.
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Bevin Alexander is an American military historian and author. He served as an officer during the Korean War as part of the 5th Historical Detachment. His book Korea: The First War We Lost was largely influenced by his experiences during the war.

Bevin has served as a consultant and adviser to several groups due to his military expertise, including work for the Rand Corporation, work as a consultan
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