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This book read less as an overall story of Valkyrie than it did as an autobiography of Philipp von Boeselager. While the book did have some interesting information, the focus of much of the book surrounded the author and his brother, another German officer involved in the plot. If you want an interesting story of a former German soldier, this is it. If you want an in depth overall view of Valkyrie, I would not recommend this.
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I agree with the previous reviewer who said this does not contain so much about Valkyrie itself, however it illuminates many other areas of what inspired operation Valkyrie. Actually, I assumed this book was about Von Stauffenberg (portrayed in the film, Valkyrie) but barely mentioned his character at all. This book gave me a unique insight into how high-ranking officers and generals quickly became disgusted with the SS and Adolf Hitler. I think people could easily watch a dozen or so Private Ryan movies and think that the whole German army was populated with nazis, but that was not the case. I don't think this book would have succeeded as an 8+ hour audio, but 4 hours was just right. I feel that the information I pulled from it is invaluable in helping me shape a greater understanding of the complex second world war.
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