Secret Germany

  • by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh
  • Narrated by Fleet Cooper
  • 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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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Reader beware. Most of this audiobook has nothing to do with the July plot to kill Hitler headed by Claus von Stauffenberg. This audio book deals mostly with biographies of German philosophers, poets, composers, authors, and artists for the last 350 years. The central character of the second half of this book is not Stauffenberg, but that of Stephan George, a 20th century poet / philosopher. It is from George that we learn of the meaning of "Secret Germany"

Additionally, this book is in serious need of editing. In the first 45 minutes of this book, the author has killed Hitler twice and is beginning to retell it again for the third time. Historical fact checking was obviously overlooked ( example: German invasion of Poland began on Sept 1st 1939 but the book incorrectly states the war as beginning Sept 4th.) Central characters to the July 1944 plot aren't even mentioned or glossed over with little information. ( examples Generals Erich Fellgiebel and Friedrich Olbricht and Field Marshall Erwinn Rommel)

Fleet Cooper did a decent job presenting this audio book.

I was disappointed with this listen. I would suggest bypassing this audiobook.
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- Alan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios