Iron Time: A History of the Iron Cross

Iron Time: A History of the Iron Cross

Hardcover

$89.95

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ISBN-13: 9780967307008
Publisher: Winidore Publications
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Pages: 457
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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Iron Time 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is the definitive work on the Iron Cross and its history. It has over 1000 color pictures and is over 450 pages full of history and technical information. This is is well worth the price and will pay you back 10 fold with its information on reproductions!
Guest More than 1 year ago
great job steph. I herd the roomers of this book. Now after reading this book I see why this book has such a reputation. I'm not going to spoil it for anybody who hasn't read it. But man steph this stuffs great. This has helped me greatly with my history tests. I thank you for giving everybody the chance to aquire more knowledge about the important people of WW2, and I'm sorry to here about your father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen this book is very good. It had a lot of deatails in it and there was a lot of good texter in the pictuers. I have learned a lot from this book and your others as well. I think this book was very educational and was worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got the book 'The Iron Time' for Christmas. Very impressive! It makes all my other references look a bit bland.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author Stephen Previtera has scored a direct hit for collectors of wartime memorabilia, military historians and the general reader in his new book 'The Iron Time/A History of the Iron Cross'. No other singular object has come to signify the strong will of the German people, the proud role of the military in their society,, and the complex impact that their mutual relationship has had on recent Germanic and world history. Previtera proves himself to be both diplomatic yet fair to the subject of the Cross as it has profoundly different meanings to say an American WW11 veteran versus the Wehrmacht recipient who gained it at said veteran's cost. No item of war is ever without controversy. and the paradox of what the Iron Cross represents is the meat of Previtera's study of the 'Iron Will' of the German Volk. His painstaking research and excellent graphics bring to life not only the grandeur of the decorations themselves but also the history of Prussia and the German ideal from 1813 onward. The book is a must have for any true collector of military medals as its photos and graphics reveal extraordinary details of the marks and makings of the decorations since their very inception. The book's greatest coup though, is Previtera's personal interviews with some of Germany's highest decorated veterans of WW11 and the stories of how they received the Cross. The irony is not lost on the reader as their accounts bear striking resemblance to the stories of our own veterans of past war, and how the glory for one is but a brutally sad waste for another.A very humane element emerges from the book as we witness these mens' reflections regarding their commendations from conflict.The book's forward by Erich Topp, Germany's most famous surviving U-boat commander, especially reveals the complexities of the emotions suffered in combat and is indicative of the mutual veins of pride and regret that are so pervasive in veterans long after wars end. As a military pilot having been statioined in Germany and speaking the language, I found this book deftly covered what will always be a difficult subject. 'The Iron Time'strikes as true to the history and heart of the Iron Cross as did the makers who forged it those many years ago. Readers', enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stephen, I must commend you on the book- I have been savouring it and have yet to even get to the WW1 section, but I am extremely happy with it. You have done an excellent job on the graphics, but I think that I am happiest with the quality of the writing. I was afraid it would be jargon-ed up with cliche collector phrases but I have been pleasantly surprised! At the same time, it doesn't go too far the other way with a dry academic style. Excellent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!Easily the best reference book on the market today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book sets a new standard in the field of collectors reference books! The color photography is magnificent in its clarity and detail. The writing is clear and concise and can be enjoyed by anyone who might only have a mild interest in the subject or by a serious student of history. The fact that this book covers the main events to the minor details of the Iron Cross makes this book a 'must have' reference!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'The Iron Time' has only one drawback: you can't put it down and, as a result, sleep becomes an option. Two other words come to mind as you go through the book: comprehensiveness and quality of both the text and the pictures. This book is not to be browsed or just read, it is to be studied, as every word and every picture has meaning. It is both 'the' manual on the subject and a fascinating reading. Obviously, the author did not cut corners, and he is to be commended for this. I think that this book is the one all the other books on any militaria subject should be measured against, and I am sure they will find it very difficult to measure up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book thinking it would be a typical collectors book with some black and white photos and some price refference etc. Was I sureprised when I saw and read this book. The photography (mostly in color) was unbeleivable. I didn't count but there must be 500 photos, and the layout is better than any other colletors book I have ever seen. And the text is well writen from both a historical point of veiw as well as all technical aspects of the metal. It is a deffinate must for anyone who has any interest in WWI or WWII, and a Iron Cross collector will value this as a peice in their collection
Guest More than 1 year ago
This magnificent book can clearly be seen to have been a true labor of love. Well written with a narrative that not only informs,but entertains, this book is not just a technical collector reference but a darned good read! The quality of the mass of photographs provided by the author is truly outstanding with the highest levels of detail shown for the enquiring collector. The quality of the paper used, and the binding fully matches the quality of the contents. Stephen Previtera is to be congratulated on a work which no true Iron Cross afficionado will wish to be without. This book is without doubt the best work to date on the subject and deserves to be a roaring success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Iron Time' by Stephen T. Previtera is a wonderfully written history of one the most honored military decorations in the world. The book chronicles the medal's history from the time of Napoleon through the second World War. Throughout, it is filled with interesting facts on the medal itself, tons of photographs, and most importantly... stories of how the Iron Cross was earned. You will be amazed when you read the stories of courage and bravery that earned these men the honor of being a cross holder. Sometimes history, not fiction, makes for the best entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Iron Time is an exhaustive history of the German Iron Cross and the men who were awarded the medal. Mr. Previtera has researched the history extensively and must have travelled all over the world to photograph the wide variety of medals pictured in the book. There are some _extremely_ rare pieces included -- which is always a treat to see. The Iron Time is a quality book all the way around: as a reference book, as a historical piece, and as an entertaining read. A must-have for both the serious collector and the novice collector as well.