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On 30th January 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed the German chancellor of a coalition government by President Hindenburg. Within a few months he had installed a dictatorship, jailing and killing his left-wing opponents, terrorising the rest of the population and driving Jews out of public life.

He embarked on a crash programme on militaristic Keynesianism, reviving the economy and achieving full employment through massive public works, vast armaments spending and the cancellations of foreign debts. After the grim years of the Great Depression, Germany seemed to have been reborn as a brutal and determined European power.

Over the course of the years from 1933 to 1939, Hitler won over most of the population to his vision of a renewed Reich. In these years of domestic triumph, cunning manoeuvres, pitting neighbouring powers against each other and biding his time, we see Hitler preparing for the moment that would realise his ambition. But what drove Hitler's success was also to be the fatal flaw of his regime: a relentless belief in war as the motor of greatness, a dream of vast conquests in Eastern Europe and an astonishingly fanatical racism.

In The Hitler Years, Frank McDonough charts the rise and fall of the Third Reich under Hitler's hand. The first volume, Triumph, ends after Germany's comprehensive military defeat of Poland in 1939.

©2020 Frank McDonough (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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"A masterclass in the history of Nazi Germany, with an internationally renowned expert as the teacher." (Get History)

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Entertaing and well read but nothing new here.

Yet another retelling of the Hitler story with nothing new to say. If you want the story of the build up Ww2 this is as good as any other.

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Fantastic listen.

No negative feed back to this book, fascinating details and great narration. Well done professor Frank.

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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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Great overview of events

The history of Nazi Germany simply told. Recounts the facts as scrupulously as possible and largely leaves the interpretation to the reader. No prior knowledge at all is assumed which is helpful if you have managed to forget as much as I have! Excellent narration by Paul McGann, a welcome break from the standard public school voices routinely used for history books.

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Good listen

Excellent insight into the early years. Adds depth for the listener about the workings of hitlers version of control and his handling of other governments.

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The hitler years

Very informative book. Well written by Frank McDonough and well read by Paul McGann. Volume 2 is on my wish list now.

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Compelling with detail and witness testimony

Looking forward to the sequel. Detail just right for a novice of ww2 like myself and not difficult to understand. Great format used each year

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  • 14-11-20

Robust and Solid History of preparations for WWII

Well read by Paul and a well written history by Prof Frank. All you need to know in the run up to WWII and the associated politics and the key players.

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  • 21-09-20

Nothing new here

Didn't learn anything new from this book. Read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer. Still the greatest account of the Nazis ever written.

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  • Charles
  • 18-01-21

Bravo

I will point out one aspect of this audiobook which I regret to say makes it unique among books I’ve listened to recently. THE NARRATOR CORRECTLY PRONOUNCES THE WORDS IN IT! (Even “EVA BRAUN” - surname pronounced “Brown.”) This should be a given but you know that it’s becoming unusual to the extent that it’s almost unheard of these days. For this alone I give the book five stars.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-02-21

Excellent two books series

Would highly recommend. Brings the era to life and excellent easy to listen to narration which makes you want to come back for more