Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich

by Robert Gerwarth


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ISBN-13: 9780300187724
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 371,744
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Robert Gerwarth is a professor of modern history at University College Dublin and the director of its Centre for War Studies. The author of The Bismarck Myth, he has studied and taught in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

Napoleon Ryan is a British actor from London. He began his career on stage, acting in the West End and touring with plays and musicals across Britain, Ireland, and Europe. Napoleon performs on television and in films, and is also known for his work as an audiobook narrator.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps viii

Preface x

Introduction xiii

I Death in Prague 1

II Young Reinhard 14

III Becoming Heydrich 50

IV Fighting the Enemies of the Reich 84

V Rehearsals for War 116

VI Experiments with Mass Murder 141

VII At War with the World 173

VIII Reich Protector 218

IX Legacies of Destruction 278

Notes 295

Bibliography 352

Index 383

What People are Saying About This

Richard Bosworth

'Evil is a word used too lightly in our times and in historical review. Yet, in his splendid biography of Heydrich, Robert Gerwarth allows us to see what evil means in its subtlety and complexity, its seeming reasonableness on occasion, its starkness and its terror. Reading Hitler's Hangman makes plain why, in our eternal wrestling with the question where by the grace of God might we be going, historical reckoning, even for the most appalling of war criminals, is a more satisfactory and richer approach than is legal prosecution.' - R.J.B. Bosworth, author of Mussolini

Ian Kershaw

'Drawing on profound research, Robert Gerwarth presents a penetrating, authoritative analysis of the ruthless personality and murderous career of the man who directed the Third Reich's police state and became a driving-force in the programme to exterminate Europe's Jews.' - Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler

Tim Kirk

An excellent book on a major figure in the Nazi dictatorship, its secret police and the Holocaust. Gerwarth’s illumination of the development of the security complex under Heydrich, his actions in the Protectorate, and especially the war in the East, is of real value.’ - Tim Kirk, author of Nazi Germany

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Hitler's Hangman 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book very inlightening although I had trouble with the German words and meanings and had to look them up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very objective, very engrossing study of Heydrich, highly recommended
usmcLS More than 1 year ago
worth reading. more insight to those that hitler had around him. the movement of Nazism still baffles me as to how so many "losers" could find one another. maybe like the four main characters on "Seinfeld." do think heydrich could be manipulated by his enemies if played to his ego.