The German War

  • by Nicholas Stargardt
  • Narrated by Michael Kramer
  • 24 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A major new history of the Third Reich that explores the German psyche.
As early as 1941, Allied victory in World War II seemed all but assured. How and why, then, did the Germans prolong the barbaric conflict for three and a half more years?
In The German War, acclaimed historian Nicholas Stargardt draws on an extraordinary range of primary source materials - personal diaries, court records, and military correspondence - to answer this question. He offers an unprecedented portrait of wartime Germany, bringing the hopes and expectations of the German people - from infantrymen and tank commanders on the Eastern Front to civilians on the home front - to vivid life. While most historians identify the German defeat at Stalingrad as the moment when the average German citizen turned against the war effort, Stargardt demonstrates that the Wehrmacht in fact retained the staunch support of the patriotic German populace until the bitter end.
Astonishing in its breadth and humanity, The German War is a groundbreaking new interpretation of what drove the Germans to fight - and keep fighting - for a lost cause.


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An outstanding work of scholarship, written and read beautifully. The book examines the German people's complicit and implicit support for Hitler and the Nazi's. Stargardt's research exposes the guilt of the entire nation. Through letters and diaries he shows the Germans of the period to be cruel, willfully blind and loving. This is ugly history but the book examines what must be examined.
I'm an avid reader of ww2 history but after reading this book, I've said to myself, enough, I'm tired. Through this book I I felt I was a first hand observer of the German people, 1939-1945. I'm tired and a little sad.
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- Francis S. Brown

Great read for history buffs

This doesn't deal with battles but rather with the effects of National Socialism on ordinary people, soldiers and citizens. The author quotes extensively from diaries and letters which helps the reader to understand what it was like for Germans. The shocking part is how little most seemed to understand how and why they were fighting a war and how little sympathy they had for the victims as though they suffered the most because of Allied bombings. After the war the generation that fought it was unwilling to accept collective guilt and many continued to blame everything on the Jews.
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- Mary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-30-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.