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Summary

The second volume in a new, immensely listenable narrative of the rise and catastrophic fall of the Nazi regime by a respected expert on the Third Reich.

At the beginning of 1940 Germany was at the pinnacle of its power. By May 1945 Hitler was dead and Germany had suffered a disastrous defeat.

Hitler had failed to achieve his aim of making Germany a super power and had left its people to cope with the endless shame of the Holocaust.

In The Hitler Years - Disaster 1940-1945, Professor Frank McDonough charts the dramatic change of fortune for the Third Reich and challenges long-held accounts of the Holocaust and Germany's ultimate defeat.

Despite Hitler's grand ambitions and the successful early stages of the Third Reich's advances into Europe, Frank McDonough argues that Germany was only ever a middle-ranking power and never truly stood a chance against the combined forces of the Allies.

©2020 Frank McDonough (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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Narrative history at its best.

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the era. The Third Reich has been needing an accessible chronological history, which shows the triumphs and horrors, and this is it. Paul McGann is particularly good, and is easy to follow.

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Superb if you are of fan of WW2

One of the best books on the Hitler years I’ve come across. Well narrated and just enough detail. Not over-academic and so not bogged down with troop movements on the Eastern front that some books are guilty of. Very enjoyable and informative.

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absolutely fascinating

really loved it..its not your average Hitler's life story. it goes too deep and it's definitely worth listening to.

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Amazing book.

Easily one of, not only the best historical book I've listened to but book in general. So much detail.

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Top Class

Most enjoyable and easy listen. Level of detail could not be better or more interesting. Narration best ever of any audio book.

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excellent books , extremely well researched and written. superb narration. sometimes i found it harrowing to listen to but always compelling.

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Superb, simple, powerful... dark

Powerful story told chronologically... narrated expertly by Paul McGann...the sense of impending doom for the innocent victims of a demented leadership ; and the conveying of how it would reap the whirlwind it had sowed is compelling. This is an admirable follow-up to the first half of this incredible dark story.

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Odd continuity in places

The narration was excellent but the editing leaves some strange gaps and pauses, it's still worth the listen it's only a minor niggle.

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Good thorough insight in the war years

I really enjoyed this audible title, read well by Paul McGann. It is very long but I can dip in and out of these audibles when I want to. Overall interesting and very deep insight to the Hitler war years

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Very enjoyable. A little superficial.

Any book about Hitler has to be careful not to become a brief history of WW2 and for me there was not enough of an attempt to understand Hitler. An example would be the statement in the final chapter about how Germany would have been better off without Italy in the war, but what was it about Hitler which bound him to support and indulge Mussolini?
I would recommend this book. It is more accessible and an easier read than Ian Kershaw’s Hitler.
The performance of the reader is great but there are a couple of small gaps from poor production, but this did not distract from the book.

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  • 25-01-21

A fresh look

Too bad this book is decades too late. Almost all of the fiends escaped justice. The book shows how Germany remained essentially a Nazi country until the 90s.

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  • 10-05-21

A treat of narrative history.

I borrowed the title of my review from HistoryToday. They also said about McDonough's book: "...a splendid work of synthesis and, as such, it is as readable as it is authoritative." When I read these words, I knew I had to check it out but hesitated.

I mean, what can someone say about Hitler & the Nazis that haven't been said before? Yes, the story is familiar but the writing and the narration by Paul McGann is superb. I also liked that McDonough organized his materials (both of his books) in such a way that it did not bog down in too many details and yet, I learned a lot of new facts that I had never heard before.

Kudos to both McDonough & McGann for their work. I loved both of the audiobooks.

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  • Monica LaFrance
  • 27-01-21

Excellent!

If you like history, definitely listen to this 2 part series. it is well written and meticulously researched.

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  • 02-01-21

Excellent

Not only content but narration. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in this period of history

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