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  • The Gestapo

  • The Myth and Reality of Hitler's Secret Police
  • By: Frank McDonough
  • Narrated by: Paul McGann
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Military
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (150 ratings)

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Summary

Named as a 2016 Book of the Year by the Spectator.

A Daily Telegraph 'Book of the Week' (August 2015) 

Longlisted for 2016 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.

Ranked in 100 Best Books of 2015 in the Daily Telegraph. 

Professor Frank McDonough is one of the leading scholars and most popular writers on the history of Nazi Germany. His work has been described as 'modern history writing at its very best...Ground-breaking, fascinating, occasionally deeply revisionist' by renowned historian Andrew Roberts. 

Drawing on a detailed examination of previously unpublished Gestapo case files, this audiobook relates the fascinating, vivid and disturbing accounts of a cross-section of ordinary and extraordinary people who opposed the Nazi regime. It also tells the equally disturbing stories of their friends, neighbours, colleagues and even relatives who were often drawn into the Gestapo's web of intrigue. The audiobook reveals, too, the cold-blooded and efficient methods of the Gestapo officers.   

This audiobook will also show that the Gestapo lacked the manpower and resources to spy on everyone, as it was reliant on tip offs from the general public. Yet this did not mean the Gestapo was a weak or inefficient instrument of Nazi terror. On the contrary, it ruthlessly and efficiently targeted its officers against clearly defined political and racial 'enemies of the people'.   

The Gestapo will provide a chilling new doorway into the everyday life of the Third Reich and give powerful testimony from the victims of Nazi terror and poignant life stories of those who opposed Hitler's regime while challenging popular myths about the Gestapo.  

©2012 Frank McDonough (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A Reasonable But Bias Narrative

All the reliable facts and figures will be found in this narrative history which is presented in a logical and succinct manner. However, the author brushes over the Catholic Church and its official support for fascism from 1921 to 1945 - and fails to mention that the Vatican was granted sovereign status in 1929 as a reward for its loyalty to fascism by Mussolini! This open support for Italian fascism and German Nazism stemmed two Popes - Pius XI and Pius XII - and included the Vatican assisting the Holocaust and blessing the Nazi German invasion of the USSR!l the author also omits the fact that the Vatican asked Churchill to save 10,000 Ukrainian SS men who had murdered untold numbers in Soviet Russia - on the grounds that they were 'good Catholics'! Churchill agreed and had them flown to Scotland where they were resettled under the cover story that they were Polish Refugees! Finally, the author, in his move to absolve the Vatican of its criminal past, helped hundreds of Nazi War Criminals escape across Europe and into the safety of South America (through the 'Ratlines') where many escaped justice. Indeed, when Hitler began his rather tame persecution of Catholics priests - it was against those priests who had been caught committing acts of child sexual abuse in Germany! This author is obviously following a pro-Catholic agenda which unfairly distorts history. The overwhelming evidence confirms that the Roman Catholic Church 'supported' fascism because fascism (like the Church) opposed Communism! In reality, those Catholic priests who defied the Vatican's orders to support fascism (such as those in occupied France) were true heroes who helped the Allied Underground. This author only has to look at the Vatican's support for the brutal Croatian fascists to know the narrative of victimhood he is trying to peddle is not viable. The Catholic Church should have stood trial for its complicity in fascist War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity!

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Gestapo

Initially book showed some promise and then seemed to lose its direction. Unsatisfactory experience.

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Excellent Book about real life in 1930s Germany

I expected this to be the usual hysterical “he’s behind you” book about Hitler’s Germany ~ far from it. This is a book which has been thoroughly researched and is a fantastic listen on Audible. Paul McGann’s narration is outstanding. In fact he is the best narrator I have heard. Even better than Grover Gardener! I presently have about 120 Audible books so far. ! I have read many books about, what I refer to as, The Cult of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. It has been an interest of mine for years. How did it happen? Why did it happen? I expected this to be light reading. It is not. Frank McDonough has given us a glimpse of how ordinary Germans behaved and how some would report neighbours to settle scores. I knew the Gestapo was a small and under resourced organisation and Frank acknowledges this along with some interesting insights into Himmler’s thinking at the time. The book provides us with a picture of how the Gestapo operated and how people ‘used’ them. Buy it!

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Disturbing

thank heavens fo4 D Day and all those who fought tyranny in Europe and gave us freedom.

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Superb

Extremely informative- thought I knew a lot about the gestapo I was proved wrong - excellent

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just incredible book that takes you back in time.

just incredible book, takes you back in time and present you with some accurate stories that will make you see and understand that era in a new way.

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deadly detectives

I learned an important lesson in listening to this book , how evil was perpetrated , how lenient the Gestapo could be and how most walked away from WW2 Scot free ,

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Good book

Well narrated by Paul McGann. This is s book about the Gestapo in Germany during the Nazis era. It demonstrates different behaviour to different groups, by the Gestapo.

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A detailed & engaging look at the Gestapo

Really well done, debunked some myths as well as having lots of the human face of the Gestapo and more importantly those who came into contact with them. Broad and thoughtful use of sources and highlighted some of the less well known stories of those living with the Gestapo. Narration great well paced. A forensic approach with a human narrative resulting in unintentional learning and no triggers to remind you of A Level Modern History

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Different and worth listening to

It was interesting to get an alternative to the perspective of what is usually regarded as an evil institution which it certainly became towards the end of the war but to begin with it was something different and relied heavily on ordinary citizens ' informing