Hitler's Alpine Retreat [NOOK Book]

Overview

Adolf Hitler became 'completely captivated' by Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzberg when he first visited the area in 1923. In time he bought Haus Wachenfeld and made the area his second seat of government. This meant major construction of the Berghof barracks, administrative buildings, airstrips and the famous 'Eagle's Nest'. During the war massive tunnels were dug. Most was destroyed by allied bombing in April 1945. This original book tells the story of the area and how it was transformed by Hitler and his ...
See more details below
Hitler's Alpine Retreat

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$6.49
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$6.99 List Price

Overview

Adolf Hitler became 'completely captivated' by Berchtesgaden and the Obersalzberg when he first visited the area in 1923. In time he bought Haus Wachenfeld and made the area his second seat of government. This meant major construction of the Berghof barracks, administrative buildings, airstrips and the famous 'Eagle's Nest'. During the war massive tunnels were dug. Most was destroyed by allied bombing in April 1945. This original book tells the story of the area and how it was transformed by Hitler and his henchmen (Goering, Goebbels and Borman) in words and, most significantly, contemporary postcards and photographs.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781783035007
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 454,904
  • File size: 16 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

James Wilson is an author and historian.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2008

    A fascinating study of the use of postcards as propaganda

    A unique and remarkable book, Hitler¿s Alpine Retreat by James Wilson succeeds by any measure in meeting his two stated objectives: It offers the reader a thorough history of Hitler¿s estate in the Obersalzburg Mountains in Bavaria, and it convincingly demonstrates just how effective the Nazis were at using the ordinary postcard as an effective propaganda tool. With nearly 270 reproductions of period cards as well as a few of his own present-day photographs, Wilson helps the reader understand the development and layout of the Berghof and its surrounding area. He does an excellent job of enabling the reader to form a truly cohesive image of the structure so that it is possible to get a real sense of what it was like to live there. By offering succinct comments on the aesthetic qualities of the postcards, Wilson further shows the care that went into producing these cards which were distributed by the millions throughout Germany to promote the image Hitler. To those who would dismiss this sort of book as being ¿only¿ about a house, Wilson¿through his intelligent choice of postcards¿shows just what the estate and its stunning location meant to the Bavarian corporal and how the estate undoubtedly played a role in forming his image of Germany and of himself. By pointing out the beauty and¿one is loathe to admit it¿the glamour of the house and its environs, Wilson also helps us understand how this building shaped the image of der Führer in the eyes of the German people. Given how much time Hitler spent here, our knowing something about the Berghof seems essential to our understanding of the psyche of the man. This volume is a superb view of the place that a most evil person liked to call home. Highly recommended.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2007

    An interesting collection of postcards

    Basically, this book is a collection of postcards of Berchtesgaden, with annotation explaining the pictures. If you've visited Berchtesgaden or plan to visit there, it may be of some interest. I enjoyed it and wished there was more to it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 22, 2009

    rare postcard views of Hitler's infamous mountain retreat

    Two hundred and seventy postcards from Wilson's personal collection plus a number of Nazi propaganda photographs take one into Hitler's famous lair of Berchtesgadener in the mountains of Bavaria. Hitler regularly sought relaxation in the mountain retreat but it also served as a place for diplomatic meetings with foreign leaders and headquarters to plot military plans with top German generals. The large number of postcards picturing all parts of the grounds, out buildings, the main building's exterior and rooms and even a few of the tunnels and vaults underneath for electrical lines and generators were made for the propaganda purpose of making Hitler seem an everyday German enjoying the satisfactions of a country home. Berchtesgadener covered much ground, and its rooms were spacious with fine furnishings. But it was not palatial. As well identifying the sights and occasional individuals in the numerous postcards, as appropriate Wilson's captions note the significance of the location and call attention to architectural or design details. And as appropriate, the author's captions refer to past or future changes in buildings or groundwork. A few of the postcards picture changes in progress. An incomparable collection of Nazi and Hitler postcards and as such a unique addition to any World War II or Nazi collection of books or memorabilia.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)