These are the memoirs of one Windemeer Hossbach, the last Führer Adjutant, whose verdict in the Nuremberg trial they say is about to come through any moment. The defendant takes us through two world wars, a time that began with the horse and buggy; and ended with the splitting of the atom.
An atrocity and a secret forever tie him to a village in the valley of Champagne. Whence issues Jack, who, thirty years later, sets to soar upon the virgin wings of space. Hossbach must get the rocket-man to forgo such fancies, so as to produce a war-winning weapon; else the Russians will exterminate them.
Who will survive to build the modern age?
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This beautifully written work reveals the ultimate secret behind the ubiquity of war: that is, to quote Heraclitus, 'War is the father of all.' An exemplar of the nearly non-existent German point-of-view, this book chronicles the euphoric rise, and cataclysmic fall, of a people whose visionaries have done no less than build the modern world. This is the only novel (besides "War and Peace") that I have ever assigned to my history students. The freshmen are learning to think critically about the larger issues, which eternally recur. The seniors, and more advanced among the younger students, tend to hone in on the revolutionary impact of technology unfolded therein. Halfway into the text, many speak laudatory of Doctor von Braun; that is, until they learn of the subterranean hellhole in the Harz, where countless perished in the crucible of man's liberation from the confines of earth. The realization that the pleasures and convenience, which we so heartily enjoy, were born amidst the most egregious pain and suffering, is highly disconcerting. Only once such 'vertigo' has set in, can I begin to truly teach them the actual forces, by which history essentially occurs. Highly recommended.