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The Night of the Long Knives: Forty-Eight Hours That Changed the History of the World

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    network of Hitler and his malevolent henchmen

    Maracin's popular account of the infamous Night of the Long Knives when Hitler and his henchmen murdered political rivals and numerous private German citizens who had incurred his anger or suspicions for one reason or another; in some cases, something as normal and transient as a news article. In charting the background leading up to the well-coordinated murderous purge of most persons in Germany who would even remotely resist Hitler's seizure of power, Maracin draws profiles of Hitler's top accomplices (e. g., Gobbels, Himmler) and of the major victims too. A retired criminal investigator, Maracin gives a broad view of this few hours during which Hitler laid the ground for his eventual dictatorship, showing how the many actors played their part so as to reveal Hitler's ruthlessness and dementia and the web of evil he wove.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2004

    What is this book really about?

    The book aims to describe the Night of the Long Knives, yet spends the majority of its pages concentrating on background information or the events of WWII that follow. Maracin's book fails in its attempt to bring anything new to the table and relies on outdated and less than scholarly works to build its arguement. No footnotes/endnotes, either. If you know nothing of the Third Reich, this one might be a good place for background, but it's not going to be anything to write home about for any historians. Maracin's probably a good article writer for magazines, but his hanging one liners at the end of each chapter grew tedious after the first or second time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    An Outstanding presentation

    The author drew me into the story as if it was happening right now. He has a wonderful flow and it's a very easy read. I would recommend it to any WWII or history aficionado.

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