Valkyrie: An Insider's Account of the Plot to Kill Hitler

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When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly placed inside Hitler’s headquarters by Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg— exploded without killing the Führer, the subsequent coup d’état against the Third Reich collapsed. The conspirators were summarily shot or condemned in show trials and sadistically hanged. One of the few survivors of the conspiracy was Hans Bernd Gisevius, who had used his positions in the Gestapo and the Abwehr (military intelligence) to further the anti-Nazi plot. Valkyrie, an abridgment of ...

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Overview

When on July 20, 1944, a bomb—boldly placed inside Hitler’s headquarters by Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg— exploded without killing the Führer, the subsequent coup d’état against the Third Reich collapsed. The conspirators were summarily shot or condemned in show trials and sadistically hanged. One of the few survivors of the conspiracy was Hans Bernd Gisevius, who had used his positions in the Gestapo and the Abwehr (military intelligence) to further the anti-Nazi plot. Valkyrie, an abridgment of Gisevius’s classic insider’s account To the Bitter End, is an intimate memoir as riveting as it is exceptional.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306817717
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition description: Abridged Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 952,810
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Bernd Gisevius (1904–1974) was one of the most active conspirators in the July 20, 1944, plot to kill Hitler, and later a prosecution witness at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Original Edition Allen W. Dulles Dulles, Allen W.

Introduction Peter Hoffmann Hoffmann, Peter 1

1 Toward the Catastrophe - September 1939 to July 1944 19

2 Too Late - July 20, 1944 113

3 Escape to the Future 215

Epilogue 243

Index 249

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  • Posted December 27, 2008

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    Canaris, the Abwehr and Valkyrie

    An outstanding book for those of you who would like to see the attempt to remove Hitler from the inside. Having worked in the Abwehr the author can show you something no other author can as he became involved with Admiral Canaris, the head of the German intelligence arm and a conspirator against Hitler as early as 1938. The novel The Commodore by John Lowe, which I recently read as well, can be an enjoyable primer for this in-depth book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Valkyrie: the Plot to Kill Adolf Hitler, was a very informative

    Valkyrie: the Plot to Kill Adolf Hitler, was a very informative and well written memoir by Hans Gisevius.  Hans covers every aspect of his experience in the top secret and very dangerous operation to assassinate one of the world’s most powerful, influential, and horrible people.  A memoir full of espionage and sabotage, lies and broken ties, this book will keep you wanting to keep on reading.  Each character had his own story, developed by the memory of Hans.  A superb amount of detail was put into the people involved.  Themes were lacking, however.  The closest thing to a common theme throughout the book has to be something along the lines of “Killing a hard to kill man is hard”.  Overall a very enjoyable memoir to read, on the Dimitri Scale of Excellence, this book receives a 6.723/10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2009

    Pedantic

    The book was plodding. The author was more interested in constantly providing his role in the events and oftentimes seemed to lose focus.

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  • Posted May 15, 2009

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    A Plan to save Germany.

    Because of his severe injuries received on the battlefield Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg is forced to return to Germany. There he joins the growing resistance against Hitler. Together with some high-ranking officers he prepares a coup d'état. They want to kill Hitler. A new government would take the lead of Germany and initiate a peace conference with the Allies.

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