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The Resource The first Nazi : Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible, Will Brownell, Ph.D., and Denise Drace-Brownwell, JD, MPH ; with Alexander Rovt, Ph.D.

The first Nazi : Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible, Will Brownell, Ph.D., and Denise Drace-Brownwell, JD, MPH ; with Alexander Rovt, Ph.D.

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The first Nazi : Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible
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The first Nazi
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Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible
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Will Brownell, Ph.D., and Denise Drace-Brownwell, JD, MPH ; with Alexander Rovt, Ph.D.
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eng
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  • The man who lost World War I, went insane, blamed the Jews for his follies, then went on to sponsor Hitler and pave the way to World War II. --- From dust jacket
  • "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"--
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  • Military scholar Brownell (So Close to Greatness ) and business executive Drace-Brownell have come together to explore the motivations and long-range impact of controversial German Gen. Erich Ludendorff (1865–1937), a career military man best known for leading his command during the Battle of Liÿge, the first battle in World War I. By tracing Ludendorff's rise to power first as a lieutenant, then as a colonel, and ultimately as a general during the Great War, and the evolution of his worldview to include blaming the tragedy of the war on anyone except himself (especially Jews and Bolsheviks), the authors have depicted Ludendorff as a dangerous progenitor to Adolf Hitler. While there is sound evidence that Ludendorff's views influenced Hitler, some of the authors' assertions call for clarification (was Hitler possessed by the devil, for example?). VERDICT Scholars might be bothered by the limited amount of notes and the sometimes anecdotal narrative style of this otherwise easy-to-read and informative title. Recommended for readers interested in the history of World War I and the components that led to World War II.— Felicia J. Williamson, Dallas Holocaust Museum --Felicia J. Williamson (Reviewed January 1, 2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 01, p115)
  • The story of the man who set the mold for Adolf Hitler; both were delusional, megalomaniacal, irrational, and brilliant propagandists. Brownell (So Close to Greatness: The Biography of William C. Bullitt, 1988) and Drace-Brownell introduce us to one of history's most fearsome and least-known characters. Erich Ludendorff (1865-1937) helped lead the German army in World War I; victories were rousingly reported and losses rarely mentioned, even to the kaiser. Though the authors describe Ludendorff as a man without a shadow, impossible to fathom, a biographer's nightmare, they successfully describe this beast of a man. He hated Jews and swore Germany would build a world empire. He had no friends and was rude to everyone, including the kaiser; he was effectively a dictator whom no one dared question. A short war required a speedy conquest of France before turning on Russia, foreshadowing World War II. The authors stress that the war was lost early on, stalled by the Belgians. In 1916, there was a chance for a compromise peace, but Ludendorff refused to accept anything but complete victory, convincing gullible Germans of their greatness while doubling causalities. The authors amply demonstrate the absurdity of some of his wild plots, none of which featured reasoned or workable strategies. Allowing Lenin to return to Russia changed world history, but it was useless in freeing up troops who were needed to enforce his draconian peace. He never really had a Plan B and never took responsibility for his failures. He invented the stab-in-the-back legend that Germany lost because of the Jews, and he swore that the "next war" would see them gassed just as his troops had been. Hitler and Ludendorff had similar philosophies, identical fanaticism, a strong belief in the German superman, and a desire to eliminate the Jews. Despite a dearth of material, the authors deliver a chilling, well-researched biography that opens a whole new window on the world wars and the German psyche at the time.(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2015)
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Brownell, Will
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  • 943.08/5092
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Drace-Brownwell, Denise
  • Rovt, Alexander
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  • Ludendorff, Erich
  • Germany
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  • World War, 1914-1918
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Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible
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The first Nazi : Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible, Will Brownell, Ph.D., and Denise Drace-Brownwell, JD, MPH ; with Alexander Rovt, Ph.D.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-264) and index
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The death of an assassin -- Ludendorff begins his war -- Ludendorff makes war against the Russians -- Ludendorff's road to power -- Ludendorff attacks in 1916 -- Ludendorff begins his five great campaigns -- Ludendorff sends Lenin to shut down the Russian front -- Ludendorff fights Lenin -- Ludendorff attacks in the West to win before the Americans arrive -- Ludendorff loses the World War and blames the Jews -- Ludendorff moves to murder the Jews and fight a new war -- Ludendorff and his work -- Timeline of the Great War
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1525744
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9781619026094
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(hardcover)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, portraits
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  • (Sirsi) i9781619026094
  • (OCoLC)913304883
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The first Nazi : Erich Ludendorff, the man who made Hitler possible, Will Brownell, Ph.D., and Denise Drace-Brownwell, JD, MPH ; with Alexander Rovt, Ph.D.
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The death of an assassin -- Ludendorff begins his war -- Ludendorff makes war against the Russians -- Ludendorff's road to power -- Ludendorff attacks in 1916 -- Ludendorff begins his five great campaigns -- Ludendorff sends Lenin to shut down the Russian front -- Ludendorff fights Lenin -- Ludendorff attacks in the West to win before the Americans arrive -- Ludendorff loses the World War and blames the Jews -- Ludendorff moves to murder the Jews and fight a new war -- Ludendorff and his work -- Timeline of the Great War
Control code
1525744
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781619026094
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781619026094
  • (OCoLC)913304883

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