In 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. A year later, all parties but the Nazis had been outlawed, freedom of the press was but a memory, and Hitler's dominance seemed complete. Yet over the next few years, an unlikely clutch of conspirators emerged - soldiers, schoolteachers, politicians, diplomats, theologians, even a carpenter - who would try repeatedly to end the Fuhrer's genocidal reign. This dramatic and deeply researched book tells the full story of those noble, ingenious, and doomed efforts. This is history at its most suspenseful, as we witness secret midnight meetings, crises of conscience, fierce debates among old friends about whether and how to dismantle Nazism, and the various plots themselves being devised and executed.
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Comprehensive and Detailed
Probably the best book about the various plots to kill Hitler I've come across.
I can compare this book to those by Ian Kershaw for it's breadth of scholarship and detailed research.
The story of Valkyrie is told in great detail together with it's tragic aftermath. Also the analysis of the motives of the plotters at the end of the book brings out the differences between them.
It's too long to listen in one sitting, but each of the chapters deserves to be listened to, absorbed, and thought about.
Narration by John Telfer was clear and nuanced.
- Mr. T. Hussain