A Perfidious Distortion of History
The Versailles Peace Treaty and the Success of the Nazis
The conventional view that the harsh terms of the Versailles Treaty were responsible for crippling Germany’s economy and paved the way for Hitler, is challenged by Jürgen Tampke. Beginning his study in pre-war imperial Germany, he argues that the Treaty failed to assign war guilt to Germany, that the terms were never as punitive as is usually thought, and that hyper-inflation was a deliberate ploy by the German government to minimize the cost of reparations.
The Bastard Brigade
The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb
While the Manhattan Project was racing to develop a nuclear bomb, its offshoot, the Alsos Mission, set about the equally important task of stopping the Nazis getting there first. This history recounts the efforts of the scientists and spies who were assembled to infiltrate the German scientific community, secure documents and detain key researchers, such as Werner Heisenberg and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.
Hitler's Island War
The Men Who Fought for Leros
Italy's surrender in September 1943 opened the opportunity for the Allies to take control of strategically important Greek islands. The British moved to strengthen the Italian garrison on Leros, only to lose it in one of the last significant Allied defeats of the war. Drawing on first-hand accounts, this book tells the story of the siege and battle, the daring escapes from the German invaders and the years of incarceration for those captured.
The Nazis, Capitalism, and the Working Class
While historians commonly explain the success of the Nazi party in terms of national prejudices or Hitler's charismatic demagoguery, this Marxist analysis demonstrates how, at the height of an economic crisis, it was the Nazis' commitment to annihilating the gains of working-class organizations that made their ideology attractive to the German ruling class. Gluckstein also analyses German working-class resistance, showing how the emergence of fascism did not go unchallenged.
The Second World War
A Military History
Former Army officer Gordon Corrigan focuses on the operational military history of the Second World War in this one-volume account. He examines the wider agendas of the warring nations as well as the personalities of key political leaders and assesses how these factors affected the military decision-making in all theatres of the war. Advancing fresh interpretations and strident views, the book questions many commonly held perceptions of the events of 1939–1945.