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The trial of Adolf Hitler : the Beer Hall Putsch and the rise of Nazi Germany
The trial of Adolf Hitler : the Beer Hall Putsch and the rise of Nazi Germany
King, David, 1970- , author.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
Physical Description:
xxi, 455 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed when Hitler and nine other suspects were charged with high treason. Reporters from as far away as Argentina and Australia flocked to Munich for the sensational four-week spectacle. By its end, Hitler would transform the fiasco of the beer hall putsch into a stunning victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. It was this trial that thrust Hitler into the limelight, provided him with an unprecedented stage for his demagoguery, and set him on his improbable path to power. Based on trial transcripts, police files, and many other new sources, including some five hundred documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, this is a gripping true story of crime an dpunishment -- and a haunting failure of justice with catastrophic consequences. --
Prologue -- Part I: The beer hall. Bürgerbräukeller -- Starving trillionaires -- Four bullets -- German Ulysses -- "Loud, raw, and screeching" -- Sparkling metropolis -- Harvard's gift -- The new regime -- "Safely delivered" -- Counter-Putsch -- Initiative -- Barbarian hordes -- Midnight in Munich -- Ordinance no. 264 -- "I am not a coward" -- Hour of decision -- In the courtyard -- Hitler's foreign legion -- Blood land -- Flight -- Hostage ordeal -- New November criminals -- Testament -- Curtains -- Trials before the trial -- Part II: The courtroom. "We will not hurt Germany" -- Defendent Hitler -- Confessions and distortions -- Behind closed doors -- The defense attacks -- A masterpiece of ignorance -- Cup of bitterness -- Dr. Frick -- First witnesses -- The prosecutor's misfortunes -- Priorities -- "Peculiar gentlemen" -- A dangerous game -- Avoiding the rubble -- Day thirteen -- A Putsch, not a Putsch -- Blow-up -- Hints -- Hitler's bodyguard takes the stand -- Volte-face -- "Good times for traitors" -- From Munich to Valhalla -- Final words -- Endings and beginnings -- Nomen est omen -- Part III: Prison. Caesar in cell 7 -- Face-to-face -- Lies, stupidity, and cowardice -- "A perpetual danger" -- Epilogue.
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