The First Nazi

The First Nazi

Erich Ludendorff, the Man Who Made Hitler Possible

Book - 2016
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In a biography of one of the least-known important military individuals of the last century, the life of General Erich Ludendorff, a savage man who was one of the top two German generals of World War I-- and who is known for, in 1918, a rabid slaughter known as 'The Ludendorff Offensive'-- is examined.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, [2016]
ISBN: 9781619026094
1619026090
Branch Call Number: B L9652
Characteristics: 277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Dec 19, 2016

The authors trade off the classical, scholarly approach to history/biography for sake of readability. They use a populist, anecdotal style that smacks of oversimplification. They write about historical events and real people with not a single footnote and without detailed references to sources; this is highly uncharacteristic of the genre; they seem less professional than I expected.
The authors frequently fawn over other researchers, at least those whom support their views, describing them as, 'esteemed' or 'first-rate'. Those with whom they do not agree, have their statements dismissed as 'implausible' or 'foolish'. This makes the authors seem judgemental. I expect historians to be more disinterested than this.
However, the material clarifies the mood of Germany's politicians, military and populous in the early days of the 20th Century. The question I ponder is whether Ludendorff et. al. followed the mood of the German people or, as Brownell and Drace-Brownell suggest, the German people followed Ludendorff and those of his ilk to their demise.

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