The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany

by David King

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Overview

“Gripping… a disturbing portrait of how an advanced country can descend into chaos.” —Frederick Taylor,Wall Street Journal

The Trial of Adolf Hitler tells the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that thrust Hitler into the limelight after the failed beer hall putsch, provided him with an unprecedented stage for his demagoguery, and set him on his improbable path to power. Reporters from as far away as Argentina and Australia flocked to Munich for the sensational, four-week spectacle. By the end, Hitler would transform a fiasco into a stunning victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. The first book in English on the subject, The Trial of Adolf Hitler draws on never-before-published sources to re-create in riveting detail a haunting failure of justice with catastrophic consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393241693
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 586,168
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

David King is the New York Times best-selling author of The Trial of Adolf Hitler, Death in the City of Light, and Vienna 1814. He taught European history at the University of Kentucky, and lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Munich, 1923-1924: Cast of Characters xv

Prologue xix

Part I The Beer Hall

1 Bürgerbräukeller 3

2 Starving Trillionaires 11

3 Four Bullets 17

4 German Ulysses 21

5 "Loud, Raw, and Screeching" 28

6 Sparkling Metropolis 32

7 Harvard's Gift 41

8 The New Regime 46

9 "Safely Delivered" 49

10 Counter-Putsch 56

11 Initiative 61

12 Barbarian Hordes 66

13 Midnight in Munich 71

14 Ordinance No. 264 76

15 "I Am Not a Coward" 79

16 Hour of Decision 83

17 In the Courtyard 89

18 Hitler's Foreign Legion 93

19 Blood Land 98

20 Flight 105

21 Hostage Ordeal 110

22 New November Criminals 114

23 Testament 118

24 Curtains 126

25 Trials Before the Trial 133

Part II The Courtroom

26 "We Will Not Hurt Germany!" 147

27 Defendant Hitler 155

28 Confessions and Distortions 164

29 Behind Closed Doors 172

30 The Defense Attacks 179

31 A Masterpiece of Ignorance 184

32 Cup of Bitterness 191

33 Dr. Frick 197

34 First Witnesses 202

35 The Prosecutor's Misfortunes 209

36 Priorities 214

37 "Peculiar Gentlemen" 219

38 A Dangerous Game 224

39 Avoiding the Rubble 230

40 Day Thirteen 236

41 A Putsch, Not a Putsch 242

42 Blow-Up 247

43 Hints 252

44 Hitler's Bodyguard Takes the Stand 256

45 Volte-Face 261

46 'Good Times for Traitors" 266

47 From Munich to Valhalla 273

48 Final Words 279

49 Endings and Beginnings 286

50 Nomen Est Omen 291

Part III Prison

51 Caesar in Cell 7 303

52 Face-to-Face 310

53 Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice 317

54 "A Perpetual Danger" 324

Epilogue 333

Acknowledgment 337

Notes and Sources 341

Illustration Credits 437

Index 439

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