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Killing Hitler: The Plots, The Assassins, and the Dictator Who Cheated Death

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  270 ratings  ·  32 reviews
For the first time in one enthralling book, here is the incredible true story of the numerous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler and change the course of history.

Disraeli once declared that “assassination never changed anything,” and yet the idea that World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust might have been averted with a single bullet or bomb has remained a tantali
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
-Y a pesar de todo no hubo manera.-

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Monografía sobre los distintos intentos de terminar con la vida de Hitler a lo largo de su vida política, desde planes ejecutados que fallaron hasta planes teóricos que se valoraron.

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Apr 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was originally published by Jonathan Cape, London. I've read the German translation. This book is about 20 attempts to kill Adolf Hitler. The book contains 430 pages, full of suspense and information. The British historian Roger Moorhouse talks about would-be assassins like Maurice Bavaud, Georg Elser, Hans Oster, Claus von Stauffenberg and others.

He shows them as characters and writes about their motives and origins. Moorhouse gives the reader a deeply understanding of history in tha
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise but one of the worse written books I've ever read. I have never wanted to go to sleep faster when I read a book. The author pops in super interesting last lines to chapters which make you try to regain hope, which is untimely lost at the end. The book is good if you want to learn more about Hitler's security measures then actual assassins (which only 3 of which were actually mentioned in the book)
Dec 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Highly detailed but readable summary of the plots/attempts to kill Hitler. Many of the stories were new to me - and I consider myself someone who is pretty well-read on WW2.

Warning: the author chooses stylistically to wander a bit and then use those wanderings to set up the main point of each chapter - but it takes a bit of getting used to.
Jon Molesan
Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
42 attempts and not one lucky shot. The guy had Satan's luck.
The part that got me the most though, was the plan to freak him out (Hitler was a prude) by dropping pornography leaflets on his home in Bavaria. The air force was actually taking it seriously for a while, but the plan fell through when they couldn't decide what kind of airplane to use.
Oct 09, 2009 rated it liked it
The title implies that this is a "how-to" book. Not so.

Intermittently quite entertaining. The chapter about the fellow who put the bomb in the pillar...why, that would make a fine movie. Better than that crappy Tom Cruise flick.
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-in-pls
Interesting at first but jesus! Get on with it. Got tired of the fluff, of skipping ahead. Book needed to be half as long. Maybe shorter. 3 stars because what i did read was interesting. Eventually I just returned it to my library half read, if that even.
Mattia Carlini
La mia mente vaga a tutto quello che sarebbe potuto cambiare
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I agree that the author does wander a bit, and jumps from one subject to another and it takes a while to get used to. But also there is a very good look at what life was like in Hitler’s bunker. 42 assassination attempts is a lot for one man to survive. This is very interesting reading on that subject. And it also has a lot of information on the people who surrounded Hitler. I recommend the movie Downfall for more insight into Hitler’s bunker.
Kamryn Sutherland
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the book Killing Hitler, Moorhouse explains the assassination plots Hitler had to face on his rise to power. He focuses on how Hitler escaped death several times and how close these attempts could have lead to a prevention of the Holocaust and other events. It is clear that Moorhouse believes Hitler survived because of pure luck. This book gives an accurate look into Germany's conspiracies and Hitler's escapes from death.
A huge cultural difference I have learned throughout this book is that
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, english
Based on recently opened archives, British historian Moorhouse told us a story about all the numerous attempts to assassinate Adolf Hitler.

These includes attempts by individuals in the early days of Hitler's reign, such as Swiss student Maurice Bavaud, whose try got him beheaded; the efforts of a British spies group armed with unusual weapons ("exploding rats") and the well-known attempt of patriotic Wehrmacht officers, including von Stauffenberg, which succeeded in injuring Hitler, although not
Ranadip Sikdar
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
By the end of 1944 people in and around Hitler’s Germany believed Hitler has a guardian devil to protect him from any kind of assassination. This is because by that time he survived 44 assassination attempts, many of which was still unknown at that time and only will resurface decades after his death. George Elser planted a bomb behind his speech desk and timed it in 9:20 during his speech but he left the speech desk early at 9:07 and only minutes after the bomb will bring down the entire hall k ...more
Alistair Greenhalgh
Moorhouse describes the various kinds of plots against Hitler: lone-wolf types, the Wehrmacht, the resistance in occupied countries and those planned by foreign powers.

The historical context explains the motivation for the various assassination attempts and is explained in considerable detail, in some cases it almost goes off at a tangent. Moorhouse explains why most of the attempts failed and outlines Hitler’s road to power. As history progressed so different types of assassination attempts ca
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Killing Hitler is a cool historical book about the assassination plots and what Hitler did during his the time he ruled Germany. It will go into detail about the many attempts at Hitler's life and ways he has cheated death. You will also discover the massive underground networks that places like Poland had to try to preserve their former government and former Nation. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes world war 2 books, or anything history related. It will take you deep into world ...more
Ariel Navarro
I now know who Hitler was and why so many tried to kill him but in the end of his life he had committed suicide. This book is about plots and assassins against the dictator who cheated death, Adolf Hitler. Almost fifty would- be assassins tried to kill Hitler but what if one man's death would have saved the lives of millions. Adolf Hitler was a lucky man who had faced many attempts on his life and yet not one succeeded. Every person around his life would have tried killing Adolf Hitler but only ...more
Hamza Ansari
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Adolf Hitler, considered by many as the most hated person of the 20th Century had the Devil's own luck. How did he escape all those times?

Every chapter in Killing Hitler is like an episode to some grand TV show. Perfectly written with no unnecessary subplots or information and most intersect each other in some way, giving you that "epic" feeling. The book's main purpose is not to show how Hitler cheated death but rather how the assassin carefully plotted his decision and how he carried out his m
Synnova Blattman
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Killing Hitler: The Plots, The Assassins, and the Dictator Who Cheated Death" by Roger Moorhouse is an exciting nonfiction book about the many assassination plots to kill Hitler. This book wonderfully descibes the many detailed plots and plotters that tried and thought about killing the crazed leader of the Nazi regime.
This book written amazingly without going off topic. This book gives you how it was and doesn't sugar coat the realities of what happened. The characters are described in detail
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was ok
I'm giving this book three starts because there is not an option for 2.75 stars. Some of the chapters I enjoyed, others I didn't - it seemed that there was more to wrote about on certain attempts on Hitler's life than others. My favorite chapter was the epilogue, where Moorehouse described how Hitler's life finally did end. Maybe this means that what I should have read was a biography of Hitler.
Margaret Sankey
Jul 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, the more people trued to kill him, the more he believed that he was being protected for some higher purpose. The close calls (the ONE time the speech ran short, the malfunctioning bomb on the plane, and DAMN that heavy office furniture) are mind boggling and show a far greater variety of people who tried (haplessly, most of the time) than von Stauffenburg to kill Hitler.
Light reading about a heavy topic, this book covers the many assassination attempts on Hitler's life. The plans end up taking a backseat to the description and history of the different factions that had enough of a problem with Hitler to want to take fate into their own hands.
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
An amazing look at the attempted assassinations of Hitler. Well researched and presented with such details. I learned more about Nazi Germany and the war than I thought possible in one book with such a narrow focus.
Jan 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Interesting history- I had never realized just how many attempts there were to remove Hitler. Typically, you hear about Valkyrie and many one or two others. I read a lot about the opposition to Hitler and this was a good addition.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because it is highly detailed and you also get insights from the author on why 42 attempts and not a single one was successful. I love this book, i think that i know the pages by heart from cover to cover! :)
Jan 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! It was well-written and easy to read. Even though it is non-fiction, it was definitely a page-turner. I had no idea there were so many plots to kill Hitler. Gives me hope for humanity. OK, maybe not that much hope. But whatever. I loved this book.
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
By textbook standards, pretty interesting.
Jamie Wates
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Actually my fathers friends brother is the author of this book and i have received a signed copy but anyways, this book is about the 50 forgotten assassination attempts that could of changed history
Jamie Wates
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
Actually my fathers friends brother is the author of this book and i have received a signed copy but anyways, this book is about the 50 forgotten assassination attempts that could of changed history
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and surprisingly thrilling for a book with an ending and plot that is already known to the reader. On a personal note....WHAT A LUCKY BASTARD!!!!! and the puppies at the end:(
My impression is that most of the serious attempts were conceived after Hitler was harder to get at, but he was lucky to avoid Georg Elser's bomb
Sep 13, 2011 is currently reading it
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