Exorcising Hitler

  • by Frederick Taylor
  • Narrated by Matt Bates
  • 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Exorcising Hitler, Frederick Taylor tells the story of Germany's year zero and what came after. Not since the end of the Roman Empire, almost 1500 years earlier, is there a parallel, in Europe at least, to the fall of the German nation in 1945.
As Taylor describes the final Allied campaign, the hunting down of the Nazi resistance, the vast displacement of peoples in central and eastern Europe, the attitudes of the conquerors, the competition between Soviet Russia and the West, the hunger and near starvation of a once proud people, the initially naive attempt at expunging Nazism from all aspects of German life and the later more pragmatic approach, we begin to understand that despite almost total destruction, a combination of conservatism, enterprise and pragmatism in relation to former Nazis enabled the economic miracle of the 1950s. And we see how it was only when the '60s generation (the children of the Nazi era) began to question their parents with increasing violence that Germany began to awake from its sleep cure.


What the Critics Say

"Essential reading for anyone who is interested in the Nazis and wants to know what happened next." (Richard Evans, New Statesman)


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Customer Reviews

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A forgotten period

So much is written about the rise of Nazism leading to the Second World War that the post-war impact of this is generally overlooked - particularly with the emergence of the Cold War, which distracts attention further east. This is a detailed account with plenty of original sources to support its ideas. The rival agendas of the war-time Allies when de-Nazifying Germany are well contrasted, as are the various visions of post-war Germany that emerged within American political and military circles. There is perhaps slightly too much on 1944-5 and slightly too little on the re-integration of Germany that would lead ultimately to the Common Market, which leaves one feeling that an extra chapter or so would have rounded the book off more satisfactorily. However, for teachers and students of modern Europe this book provides useful additional material to add to the study of the emergence of the Cold War and in particular to the accounts of the Berlin blockade.
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- Ian

From War To Democracey

If you could sum up Exorcising Hitler in three words, what would they be?

an informative read

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. too much to digest in one go.

Any additional comments?

This aspect of the story of the war is seldom presented to readers, but this is a very well written, researched & presented account.

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- Bookworm

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-11-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios