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Bloch, Michael.
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Publication Information:
London : Abacus, [2003]

Physical Description:
xx, 556 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Includes index.
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Hailed in turns as 'excellent', 'intelligent', 'scrupulously fair', 'remarkable', 'impressive', and 'definitive', this superb book, by one of the pre-eminent writers of his generation, focuses on the life of Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitler's Foreign Minister from 1938 until the end of the Third Reich. At the heart of German power during the war, this strange, sinister and intriguing character was violently anti-British, and encouraged Hitler in a policy that led to war with Great Britain. His grandiose attempts at alliance-building produced a disastrous military coalition with Italy and Japan, and the infamous Pact with the Soviet Union. It was a career that would end on the gallows at Nuremberg, where he headed the death procession.

Written with verve, pace and the subtle intelligence of a world-class biographer, Michael Bloch's universally praised book vividly portrays this bizarre and historically neglected figure.

Author Notes

Michael Bloch was born in 1953 and trained for the law. From 1979 he assisted Maître Suzanne Blum, the Parisian lawyer of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. He is the author of several books on the Windsors as well as other acclaimed works of non-fiction.

Table of Contents

Hugh Trevor-Roper
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Preface to New Editionp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Chapter 1 Background and Early Life (1893-1929)p. 1
Chapter 2 Helping Hitler to Power (1930-33)p. 24
Chapter 3 Travelling Salesman (January 1933-April 1934)p. 37
Chapter 4 Disarmament Commissioner (April 1934-June 1935)p. 59
Chapter 5 Envoy at Large (June 1935-April 1936)p. 76
Chapter 6 The London Appointment (April-October 1936)p. 98
Chapter 7 Ambassador Brickendrop (October 1936-August 1937)p. 120
Chapter 8 The Keys (August 1937-February 1938)p. 146
Chapter 9 Office and Anschluss (February-March 1938)p. 165
Chapter 10 Munich - The Man Who Wanted War (March-September 1938)p. 190
Chapter 11 The Arbiter (September 1938-March 1939)p. 215
Chapter 12 The Pact of Steel (March-August 1939)p. 236
Chapter 13 The Nazi-Soviet Pact (August 1939)p. 252
Chapter 14 Peace Nipped in the Bud (August-September 1939)p. 272
Chapter 15 The Campaign Trail (September 1939-June 1940)p. 285
Chapter 16 After the Victory (June-September 1940)p. 309
Chapter 17 Diplomatic Debacle (September-December 1940)p. 327
Chapter 18 Towards 'Barbarossa' (January-June 1941)p. 346
Chapter 19 The European Idea (June-December 1941)p. 364
Chapter 20 The Final Solution (January 1942-February 1943)p. 380
Chapter 21 The Break-up of the Axis (February 1943-January 1944)p. 402
Chapter 22 Plots against Hitler (January-July 1944)p. 429
Chapter 23 Dissolving Empires (July 1944-June 1945)p. 446
Chapter 24 In the Dock (June 1945-October 1946)p. 474
Notesp. 499
Bibliographyp. 541
Indexp. 547