By July of 1944, the Third Reich's days were numbered. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, a general staff insider with open eyes (and access to the Fuhrer), was convinced that assassinating Hitler was the only way to prevent the destruction of the Fatherland and the deaths of millions. On July 20, he hid a bomb-stuffed briefcase at a high-level meeting. The explosion tore through the room, but a table leg spared Hitler from the blast. The result was a witch hunt, a wave of executions, and a further pointless year of war. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh deliver an exhilarating and definitive portrait of the anti-Nazi movement (called "Secret Germany") that almost killed Hitler. Secret Germany is the story of "World War II's boldest plot-that-failed" (Time), a coup that was a moral and spiritual necessity.More
Secret Germany tells the story of the 1944 assassination plot that failed to kill Hitler and overturn his murderous regime. Fleet Cooper is up to the task of narrating the intense events that immediately surrounded the July 20 bombing by the German resistance movement, as well as the complex background - both historical and esoteric - that informed the unsuccessful coup. Cooper’s exemplary handle of the material in this often cerebral book takes listeners deep behind enemy lines, where Operation Valkyrie was executed, and then punished mercilessly. Hitler and his Gestapo accused and "exterminated" thousands of people in the aftermath of the uncovered plot, including Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, his fellow conspirators, and members of their families.
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