TheDevils Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle

TheDevils Disciples: Hitler's Inner Circle

by Anthony Read


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A fresh perspective on the Third Reich: the deadly contests among Hitler's lieutenants, and their disastrous consequences.

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—Göring, Goebbels, and Himmler—with their nearest rivals—Bormann, Speer, and Ribbentrop—in close attendance. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393326970
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/17/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 1008
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.75(d)

About the Author

Anthony Read is the author of many books, most recently The Devil’s Disciples: Hitler’s Inner Circle. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Part 1Roots 1918-1923
I'Our time will come again'13
II'If only there could be fighting again'39
IIIFighting the November Criminals61
IVBeer Hall Revolution85
Part 2The Years of Struggle 1924-1933
VIA Star in the Making126
VII'Chief Bandit of Berlin'154
VIII'We come as enemies'176
IX'SS-Man, your loyalty is your honour'202
X'Now the chess game for power begins'223
XIThe Turning Point248
Part 3Power and Revolution 1933-1936
XIVThe End of the Brown Revolution317
XVNight of the Long Knives345
XVI'We always approve everything our Fuhrer does'375
XVIIThe Four-Year Plan404
Part 4Expansion: The Greater German Reich 1937-1939
XVIIIThe Blomberg-Fritsch Affair431
XXThe Sudetenland Crisis480
XXII'I'll cook them a stew that they'll choke on'528
XXIII'I have the world in my pocket'554
XXIV'If we lose this war, then God have mercy on us'574
Part 5War: Germany Triumphant
XXVIIEagles and Sea Lions641
XXVIII'The whole world will hold its breath'664
XXIX'The greatest deception operation in military history'693
Part 6War: Defeat
XXXIThe Final Solution737
XXXIIThe Beginning of the End761
XXXIII'Do you want total war?'783
XXXIV'Call Me Meier!'809
XXXVLast Throw of the Dice831
XXXVIIThe End of the Road891
Select Bibliography948

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a history teacher and one who studies Nazi Germany, I have read many books on the subject. None of them took the approach that Read did and it works. It is an easy book to read and gives you an understanding of the ones surrounding Hitler instead of just Hitler himself. I enjoyed Rise and Fall of the Third Reich but this was much better.