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Soldiers
German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying
Written by Sonke Neitzel and Harald Welzer


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-94833-5 (0-307-94833-1)

On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sönke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of covertly recorded, meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs during World War II that recently had been declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in... Read more >
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The Lady in Gold
The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt's Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
Written by Anne-Marie O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: February 7, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26564-7 (0-307-26564-1)

The spellbinding story, part fairy tale, part suspense, of Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, one of the most emblematic portraits of its time; of the beautiful, seductive Viennese Jewish salon hostess who sat for it; the notorious artist who painted it; the now vanished turn-of-the-century Vienna that shaped it; and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Gertruda's Oath
A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II
Written by Ram Oren
Translated by Barbara Harshav


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Doubleday Religion
On Sale: August 3, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-52719-4 (0-385-52719-5)

"Written with impressive talent and suspense, this true story will appeal to many." --Elie Wiesel

Michael Stolowitzky, the only son of a wealthy Jewish family in Poland, was just three years old when war broke out and the family lost everything. His father, desperate to settle his business affairs, travels to France... Read more >
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The Anatomy of Fascism

Written by Robert O. Paxton


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 8, 2005
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3391-1 (1-4000-3391-8)

What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up... Read more >
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Anne Frank's Family
The Extraordinary Story of Where She Came From, Based on More Than 6,000 Newly Discovered Letters, Documents, and Photos
Written by Mirjam Pressler


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-73941-4 (0-307-73941-4)

This fascinating history of Anne Frank and the family that shaped her is based on a treasure trove of thousands of letters, poems, drawings, postcards, and photos recently discovered by her last surviving close relative, Buddy Elias, and his wife, Gerti.

As children, Anne and her cousin Buddy were very close; he... Read more >
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Hitler's Charisma
Leading Millions into the Abyss
Written by Laurence Rees


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 2014
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38958-9 (0-307-38958-8)

At the age of twenty-four, in 1913, Adolf Hitler was eking out a living as a painter of pictures for tourists in Munich. Nothing marked him in any way as exceptional, but he did possess certain distinguishing characteristics: a capacity to hate, an inability to accept criticism, and a massive overconfidence... Read more >
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Hitler's Charisma
Leading Millions into the Abyss
Written by Laurence Rees


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 16, 2013
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37729-6 (0-307-37729-6)

Fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to listen to dissenting voices, Adolf Hitler seemed an unlikely leader, and yet he commanded enormous support and was able to exert a powerful influence over those who encountered him. How did Hitler become such an attractive figure to millions of... Read more >
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Masters of Death
The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70822-0 (0-375-70822-7)

In Masters of Death, Richard Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the part played by the Einsatzgruppen—the professional killing squads deployed in Poland and the Soviet Union, early in World War II, by Himmler’s SS. And he shows how these squads were utilized as the Nazis made two... Read more >
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Hitler's First Victims
The Quest for Justice
Written by Timothy W. Ryback


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35291-8 (0-385-35291-3)

The remarkable story of Josef Hartinger, the German prosecutor who risked everything to bring to justice the first killers of the Holocaust and whose efforts would play a key role in the Nuremberg tribunal.

Before Germany was engulfed by Nazi dictatorship, it was a constitutional republic. And just before Dachau Concentration Camp... Read more >
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Hitler's Private Library
The Books That Shaped His Life
Written by Timothy W. Ryback


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45526-0 (0-307-45526-2)

With a new chapter on eugenicist Madison Grant’s The Passing of the Great Race

In this brilliant and original exploration of some of the formative influences in Adolf Hitler’s life, Timothy Ryback examines the books that shaped the man and his thinking.

Hitler was better known for burning books than collecting them but... Read more >
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German Boy
A Child in War
Written by Wolfgang Samuel


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 16, 2001
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0824-5 (0-7679-0824-4)

As the Third Reich crumbled in 1945, scores of Germans scrambled to flee the advancing Russian troops. Among them was a little boy named Wolfgang Samuel, who left his home with his mother and sister and ended up in war-torn Strassburg before being forced farther west into a disease-ridden refugee camp... Read more >

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Fin-De-Siecle Vienna
Politics and Culture
Written by Carl E. Schorske


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 12, 1980
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74478-0 (0-394-74478-0)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

This is Schorske's magnificent revelation of turn-of-the-century Vienna where out of a crisis of political and social disintegration so much of modern art and thought was born.

"Not only is it a splendid exploration of several aspects of early modernism in their political context; it is an... Read more >
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Invasion 1914: The Schelieffen Plan to the Battle of the Marne
Before the trenches - the first battles of World War I
Written by Ian Senior


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4728-0335-1 (1-4728-0335-3)

The German invasion of France and Belgium in August 1914 came agonizingly close to defeating the French armies, capturing Paris and ending the First World War before the autumn leaves had fallen. The initial German strategy revolved around, and in part depended on, rapid victory over the French, but they were... Read more >

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Albert Speer
His Battle with Truth
Written by Gitta Sereny


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 29, 1996
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76812-8 (0-679-76812-2)

Albert Speer was not only Hitler's architect and armaments minister, but the Fuhrer's closest friend--his "unhappy love." Speer was one of the few defendants at the Nuremberg Trials to take responsibility for Nazi war crimes, even as he denied knowledge of the Holocaust. Now, this enigma of a man is unveiled... Read more >

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Oberammergau
The Troubling Story of the World's Most Famous Passion Play
Written by James Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2001
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70852-7 (0-375-70852-9)

The Bavarian village of Oberammergau has staged the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ nearly every decade since 1634. Each production of the Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands, many drawn by the spiritual benefits it promises. Yet Hitler called it a convincing portrayal of the menace of Jewry, and in... Read more >
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Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
Written by Bettina Stangneth
Translated by Ruth Martin


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: September 2, 2014
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95967-6 (0-307-95967-8)

A total and groundbreaking reassessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann—a superb work of scholarship that reveals his activities and notoriety among a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich and that permanently challenges Hannah Arendt’s notion of the “banality of evil.”

Smuggled out of Europe after... Read more >
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Gold and Iron

Written by Fritz Stern


Format: Trade Paperback, 672 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1979
Price: $17.56
ISBN: 978-0-394-74034-8 (0-394-74034-3)

Winner of the Lionel Trilling Award
Nominated for the National Book Award


"An invaluable contribution to our understanding of Germany in the second half of the 19th century" (The Washington Post), Gold and Iron portrays for the first time the close ties between Bismarck and his Jewish banker, Gerson Bleichroder, and the social... Read more >
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No Ordinary Men
Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Hans von Dohnanyi, Resisters Against Hitler in Church and State
Written by Fritz Stern and Elisabeth Sifton


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: New York Review Books
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-681-8 (1-59017-681-2)

During the twelve years of Hitler’s Third Reich, very few Germans took the risk of actively opposing his tyranny and terror, and fewer still did so to protect the sanctity of law and faith. In No Ordinary Men, Elisabeth Sifton and Fritz Stern focus on two remarkable, courageous men who did–the... Read more >
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The German Empire
A Short History
Written by Michael Sturmer


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 6, 2002
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6620-6 (0-8129-6620-1)

In a remarkably vibrant narrative, Michael Stürmer blends high politics, social history, portraiture, and an unparalleled command of military and economic developments to tell the story of Germany’s breakneck rise from new nation to Continental superpower. It begins with the German military’s greatest triumph, the Franco-Prussian War, and then tracks the... Read more >
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Bismarck

Written by A.J.P. Taylor


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 1967
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-70387-9 (0-394-70387-1)

A witty and brilliant portrait, psychological as well as political, of one of the men who molded the destiny of modern Europe. Taylor's reexamination of Bismarck focuses on his rise to power in the 1860s and his removal from office in 1890.

"...Mr. Taylor has performed the difficult task of compressing... Read more >
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Adolf Hitler
The Definitive Biography
Written by John Toland


Format: Trade Paperback, 1120 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 1, 1991
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-42053-2 (0-385-42053-6)

Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs and dramatic interviews with Adolf Hitler's colleagues and associates, Toland explores Hitler's childhood, military career and personal life, as well as his rise to power and the forces that led to his demise. Includes photographs and maps. Read more >
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The Last 100 Days
The Tumultuous and Controversial Story of the Final Days of World War II in Europe
Written by John Toland


Format: Trade Paperback, 640 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6859-0 (0-8129-6859-X)

Out of print for nearly a decade, The Last 100 Days brings to life the waning power and the ultimate submission of the Third Reich. To reconstruct the tumultuous hundred days between Yalta and the fall of Berlin, John Toland traveled more than 100,000 miles in twenty-one countries and interviewed more... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Berlin Diaries, 1940-1945

Written by Marie Vassiltchikov


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 1988
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-75777-3 (0-394-75777-7)

The secret diaries of a twenty-three-year-old White Russian princess who worked in the German Foreign Office from 1940 to 1944 and then as a nurse, these pages give us a unique picture of wartime life in that sector of German society from which the 20th of July Plot—the conspiracy to kill... Read more >

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Valkyrie
The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member
Written by Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach and Jerome Fehrenbach
Translated by Steven Rendall


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45497-3 (0-307-45497-5)

When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, then 25-years-old, fought enthusiastically for Germany as a cavalry officer. But after discovering Nazi crimes, von Boeselager’s patriotism quickly turned to disgust, and he joined a group of conspirators who plotted to kill Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler. In this... Read more >
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Valkyrie
The Story of the Plot to Kill Hitler, by Its Last Member
Written by Philip Freiherr Von Boeselager, Florence Fehrenbach and Jerome Fehrenbach
Translated by Steven Rendall


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 12, 2009
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27075-7 (0-307-27075-0)

When the Second World War broke out, Philipp Freiherr von Boeselager, age twenty-five, fought for his country enthusiastically as a cavalry officer. His rearing on the family estate in the Rhineland had instilled in him a strong Catholic faith, a reverence for the fatherland, and a love of horsemanship and the... Read more >
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