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How Hitler Could Have Won World War II
The Fatal Errors That Led to Nazi Defeat
Written by Bevin Alexander


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: December 11, 2001
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-0-609-80844-3 (0-609-80844-3)

Most of us rally around the glory of the Allies' victory over the Nazis in World War II. The story is often told of how the good fight was won by an astonishing array of manpower and stunning tactics. However, what is often overlooked is how the intersection between Adolf Hitler's... Read more >
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The File
A Personal History
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 29, 1998
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77785-4 (0-679-77785-7)

"An invaluable document for our time, bravely and beautifully written.  A chilling portrait of treachery and compromise that will not let me go."--John le Carré

In 1978, fresh out of Oxford, Timothy Garton Ash set out for Berlin to see what he could learn from the divided city about freedom and despotism. As... Read more >
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History of the Present
Essays, Sketches, and Dispatches from Europe in the 1990s
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 11, 2001
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72762-7 (0-375-72762-0)

The 1990s. An extraordinary decade in Europe. At its beginning, the old order collapsed along with the Berlin Wall. Everything seemed possible. Everyone hailed a brave new Europe. But no one knew what this new Europe would look like. Now we know. Most of Western Europe has launched into the unprecedented... Read more >
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In Europe's Name
Germany and the Divided Continent
Written by Timothy Garton Ash


Format: Trade Paperback, 700 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 1994
Price: $29.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75557-9 (0-679-75557-8)

"Among the most important books on recent international history...An immense research effort"—The New York Times Book Review

"A subtle account of German policy toward the East over the past quarter century, elegantly written and suffused with...original insights."—The New York Review of Books Read more >
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Leni
The Life and Work of Leni Riefenstahl
Written by Steven Bach


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38775-2 (0-307-38775-5)

Leni Riefenstahl, the woman known as “Hitler’s filmmaker,” made some of the greatest and most innovative documentaries ever made. They are also insidious glorifications of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. Now, Steven Bach reveals the truths and lies behind Riefenstahl’s lifelong self-vindication as an apolitical artist who claimed to know... Read more >

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Gay Berlin
Birthplace of a Modern Identity
Written by Robert Beachy


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 18, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27210-2 (0-307-27210-9)

An unprecedented examination of the ways in which the uninhibited urban sexuality, sexual experimentation, and medical advances of pre-Weimar Berlin created and molded our modern understanding of sexual orientation and gay identity.

Known already in the 1850s for the friendly company of its “warm brothers” (German slang for men who love other... Read more >
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Nazism and War

Written by Richard Bessel


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7557-4 (0-8129-7557-X)

The Second World War was the defining event of the twentieth century, leaving millions dead and redrawing the political map in ways that continue to affect nearly the entire human race. What was unprecedented, however, was not simply the war’s scale, but its causes. Unlike previous territorial or political clashes, the... Read more >
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What's to Become of the Boy?
Or, Something to Do with Books
Written by Heinrich Boll
Translated by Leila Vennewitz
Introduction by Anne Applebaum


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: December 6, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-001-3 (1-61219-001-4)

A vivid account of growing up poor, rebellious, and anti-Fascist in Nazi Germany

What’s to Become of the Boy? is a spirited, insightful, and wonderfully sympathetic memoir about life during wartime written with the characteristic brilliance by one of the 20th-century’s most celebrated authors. It is both an essential autobiography of the... Read more >
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The Dark Valley
A Panorama of the 1930s
Written by Piers Brendon


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70808-4 (0-375-70808-1)

In this sweeping history, distinguished historian Piers Brendon brings the tragic, dismal days of the 1930s to life.

Like the classic work of Barbara Tuchman, The Dark Valley captures the vast scope of history as well as the minutia of everyday life, rendering a huge topic comprehensible and creating a gripping... Read more >
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My Father's Country
The Story of a German Family
Written by Wibke Bruhns


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 11, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9670-1 (1-4000-9670-7)

In this gripping memoir, the daughter of a man who conspired to assassinate Hitler tells the story of three generations of her family and offers unparalleled insight into the German experience in the last century.

On August 15, 1944, Major Hans Georg Klamroth was tried for treason for his part in... Read more >
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Hitler and Stalin
Parallel Lives
Written by Alan Bullock


Format: Trade Paperback, 1152 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $27.50
ISBN: 978-0-679-72994-5 (0-679-72994-1)

A dual biography of the two most destructive figures of our century, Hitler and Stalin examines its subjects' origins and personalities, traces the arc of their careers, analyzes the methods by which they seized and clung to power, and assesses the scars they left on their world with a clarity and... Read more >

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Collision of Empires
The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
Written by Prit Buttar


Format: Hardcover, 488 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: June 17, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-648-0 (1-78200-648-6)

Drawing on first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, this is a dramatic retelling of the the tumultuous events of the first year of World War I on the Eastern Front, with the battles of Tannenberg and the Masurian Lakes in East Prussia, followed by the Russo-Austrian clashes in Galicia and the... Read more >
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German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman: Barbarossa 1941

Written by David Campbell


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0324-5 (1-4728-0324-8)

Featuring full-color artwork, specially drawn maps and archive photographs, this study offers key insights into the tactics, leadership, combat performance and subsequent reputations of six representative German and Soviet infantry battalions pitched into three pivotal actions that determined the course of the Barbarossa campaign at the height of World War II... Read more >
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The Warburgs
The Twentieth-Century Odyssey of a Remarkable Jewish Family
Written by Ron Chernow


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 23, 1994
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74359-0 (0-679-74359-6)

Bankers, philanthropists, scholars, socialites, artists, and politicians, the Warburgs stood at the pinnacle of German (and later, German-American) Jewry. They forged economic dynasties, built mansions and estates, assembled libraries, endowed charities, and advised a German kaiser and two American presidents. But their very success made the Warburgs lightning rods for anti-Semitism... Read more >
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Pack of Thieves
How Hitler and Europe Plundered the Jews and Committed the Greatest Theft in History
Written by Richard Z. Chesnoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2001
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72064-9 (0-385-72064-5)

It was the largest organized robbery in history—the detailed, systematic looting of Europe's Jews by the Nazis and most of the nations of Europe: Axis, Allied, and neutral. Now, for the first time, prizewinning journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff details the full scope of this monumental theft of money, gold, jewels, art... Read more >
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Translating America
An Ethnic Press and Popular Culture, 1890-1920
Written by Peter Conolly-Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 424 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-287-4 (1-58834-287-5)

At the turn of the century, New York City’s Germans constituted a culturally and politically dynamic community, with a population 600,000 strong. Yet fifty years later, traces of its culture had all but disappeared. What happened? The conventional interpretation has been that, in the face of persecution and repression during World... Read more >

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MP 38 and MP 40 Submachine Guns

Written by Alejandro de Quesada


Format: Trade Paperback, 80 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 22, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78096-388-4 (1-78096-388-2)

Nazi Germany's MP 38 and MP 40 submachine guns are among World War II's most iconic weapons, but it is often forgotten that they continued in use all over the world for many decades after 1945, even being seen during the fighting in Libya in 2011. Widely issued to Fallschirmjäger (parachute... Read more >
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The Golden Age of the Great Passenger Airships
Graf Zeppelin and Hindenburg
Written by Harold Dick and Douglas Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 226 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: December 17, 1992
Price: $39.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-219-7 (1-56098-219-5)

Drawing on the extensive photographs, notes, diaries, reports, recorded data, and manuals he collected during his five years at the Zeppelin Company in Germany, from 1934 through 1938, Harold G. Dick tells the story of the two great passenger Zeppelins. Against the background of German secretiveness, especially during the Nazi period... Read more >
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Not I
Memoirs of a German Childhood
Written by Joachim C. Fest


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-610-2 (1-59051-610-9)

Few writers have deepened our understanding of the Third Reich as much as German historian, biographer, journalist, and critic Joachim Fest. His biography of Adolf Hitler has reached millions of readers around the world. Born in 1926, Fest experienced firsthand the rise of the Nazis, the Second World War, and a... Read more >
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Where the Iron Crosses Grow
The Crimea 1941-44
Written by Robert Forczyk


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-625-1 (1-78200-625-7)

Nazi and Soviet armies fought over the Crimean Peninsula for three long years using sieges, dozens of amphibious landings, and large scale maneuvers. This definitive English-language work on the savage battle for the Crimea, Where the Iron Crosses Grow sheds new light on this vital aspect of the Eastern Front.

The Crimea... Read more >
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Rena's Promise
A Story of Sisters in Auschwitz
Written by Rena Kornreich Gelissen and Heather Dune Macadam


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 30, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7071-0 (0-8070-7071-8)

As a young woman, Rena Kornreich endured the Nazi death camps for almost three and a half years. Rena’s Promise, the remarkable story of her survival, shows how her relationship with her younger sister, Danka, gave her the will to persevere under unimaginable circumstances.

“Gelissen, who was on the first Jewish transport... Read more >
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Saints and Villains

Written by Denise Giardina


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: February 9, 1999
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00427-2 (0-449-00427-9)

In the charnel house that was Europe in the Second World War, there were few instances of shining moral courage, let along secular sainthood. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian and Nazi resister was the exception. This emblematic figure risked his life--and finally lost it--through his participation in a failed plot to... Read more >

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Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln

Written by Gluckel


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: December 27, 1987
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-0572-5 (0-8052-0572-1)

Translated by Marvin Lowenthal and with an  Introduction by Robert Rosen. Begun in 1690, this diary of a forty-four-year-old German Jewish widow, mother of fourteen, tells how she guided the financial and personal destinies of her children, how she engaged in trade, ran her own factory and promoted the welfare of her... Read more >
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The Nuremberg Interviews

Written by Leon Goldensohn


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 25, 2005
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3043-9 (1-4000-3043-9)

During the Nuremberg trials, Dr. Leon Goldensohn—a psychiatrist for the U.S. Army—monitored the mental health of two dozen German leaders charged with carrying out genocide. These recorded conversations have gone largely unexamined for more than fifty years, until Robert Gellately—one of the premier historians of Nazi Germany—made them available to the... Read more >
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Hitler's Willing Executioners
Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust
Written by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen


Format: Trade Paperback, 656 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77268-2 (0-679-77268-5)

With an Afterword to the 1997 Vintage paperback edition.  This groundbreaking international bestseller lays to rest many myths about the Holocaust: that Germans were ignorant of the mass destruction of Jews, that the killers were all SS men, and that those who slaughtered Jews did so reluctantly. Hitler's Willing Executioners provides conclusive... Read more >
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