skip to content
The devil's disciples : Hitler's inner circle Preview this item
ClosePreview this item

The devil's disciples : Hitler's inner circle

Author: Anthony Read
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2005, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The Nazi Regime was essentially a religious cult relying on the hypnotic personality of Adolf Hitler, and it was fated to die with him. But while it lasted, his closest lieutenants competed ferociously for power and position as his chosen successor. This peculiar leadership dynamic resulted in millions of deaths and some of the worst excesses of World War II. The Devil's Disciples is the first major book for a  Read more...
Getting this item's online copy... Getting this item's online copy...

Find a copy in the library

Getting this item's location and availability... Getting this item's location and availability...

WorldCat

Find it in libraries globally
Worldwide libraries own this item

Details

Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Adolf Hitler; Adolf Hitler
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Read
ISBN: 9780393326970 0393326977 0393048004 9780393048001
OCLC Number: 1016504463
Notes: Previous ed. published as: The devil's disciples : the lives and times of Hitler's inner circle. London : Jonathan Cape, 2003.
Description: viii, 984 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1: Roots 1918-1923 --
"Our time will come again' --
"if only there could be fighting again' --
Fighting the November criminals --
Beer Hall revolution --
Part 2: The years of struggle 1924-1933 --
Regrouping --
A star in the making --
"Chief Bandit of Berlin' --
"We come as enemies' --
"SS-Man, your loyalty is your honour' --
"Now the chess game for power begins' --
The turning point --
Part 3: Power and Revolution 1933-1936 --
Power --
Co-ordination --
The end of the Brown Revolution --
Night of the Long Knives --
"We always approve everything out Führer does' --
The four-year plan --
Part 4: The greater German Reich 1937-1939 --
The Blomberg-Fritsch Affair --
Anschluss --
The Sudetenland Crisis --
Kristallnacht --
'I'll cook them a stew that they'll choke on' --
'I have the world in my pocket' --
'If we lose this war, then God have mercy on us' --
Part 5: War: Germany triumphant --
Blitzkrieg --
'Yellow' --
Eagles and sea lions --
'The whole world will hold its breath' --
'The greatest deception operation in military history' --
Barbarossa --
Part 6: War: defeat --
The final solution --
The beginning of the end --
'Do you want total war?' --
'Call me Meier!' --
Last throw of the dice --
Götterdämmerung --
The end of the road.
Responsibility: Anthony Read.

Abstract:

The Nazi Regime was essentially a religious cult relying on the hypnotic personality of Adolf Hitler, and it was fated to die with him. But while it lasted, his closest lieutenants competed ferociously for power and position as his chosen successor. This peculiar leadership dynamic resulted in millions of deaths and some of the worst excesses of World War II. The Devil's Disciples is the first major book for a general readership to examine those lieutenants, not only as individuals but also as a group. It focuses on the three most important Nazi paladins-Goring, Goebbels, and Himmler-with their nearest rivals-Bormann, Speer, and Ribbentrop-in close attendance. Others who were removed in various ways-like Gregor Strasser, Ernst Rohm, Heydrich, and Hess-play supporting roles. Making the fullest use of diaries, documents, and memoirs, The Devil's Disciples offers fresh insights into their characters and their relationships to one another and to Hitler. Perceptive, illuminating, and grandly ambitious, The Devil's Disciples is above all a powerful chronological narrative, showing how the personalities of Hitler's inner circle developed and how their jealousies and constant intrigues affected the regime, the war, and Hitler himself. It is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Nazi period, or the workings of a dictatorship.
Retrieving notes about this item Retrieving notes about this item

Reviews

User-contributed reviews

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.