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  • The Hitler Years - Disaster 1940-1945

  • The Hitler Years, Book 2
  • By: Frank McDonough
  • Narrated by: Paul McGann
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (253 ratings)

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The Hitler Years - Disaster 1940-1945

By: Frank McDonough
Narrated by: Paul McGann
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Summary

The second volume in a new, immensely listenable narrative of the rise and catastrophic fall of the Nazi regime by a respected expert on the Third Reich.

At the beginning of 1940 Germany was at the pinnacle of its power. By May 1945 Hitler was dead and Germany had suffered a disastrous defeat.

Hitler had failed to achieve his aim of making Germany a super power and had left its people to cope with the endless shame of the Holocaust.

In The Hitler Years - Disaster 1940-1945, Professor Frank McDonough charts the dramatic change of fortune for the Third Reich and challenges long-held accounts of the Holocaust and Germany's ultimate defeat.

Despite Hitler's grand ambitions and the successful early stages of the Third Reich's advances into Europe, Frank McDonough argues that Germany was only ever a middle-ranking power and never truly stood a chance against the combined forces of the Allies.

©2020 Frank McDonough (P)2020 W F Howes

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Incredible account of our history.

Incredible account of our history. Presents itself as an unbiased well researched, well grounded and neutral recollection of one of the worst periods in modern human history.

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Very enjoyable. A little superficial.

Any book about Hitler has to be careful not to become a brief history of WW2 and for me there was not enough of an attempt to understand Hitler. An example would be the statement in the final chapter about how Germany would have been better off without Italy in the war, but what was it about Hitler which bound him to support and indulge Mussolini?
I would recommend this book. It is more accessible and an easier read than Ian Kershaw’s Hitler.
The performance of the reader is great but there are a couple of small gaps from poor production, but this did not distract from the book.

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An In-depth Account of The Rise and Fall of Hitler

I enjoyed the voice of Paul McCann reading this account of the 1930s to the end of the Second World War in Europe. There was so much I hadn’t realised about how Hitler had risen to such power, and the manipulation of the people around him and the people of Germany. A piece of history that needs to be told again and again. The wholesale slaughter of the Jewish people due to one man building such hatred in the minds of a country’s population. A well researched piece of history that is relevant today and for the future.

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Very Informative.

A must read/listen for any one interested in 2nd World War. Captivating at times and totally absorbing throughout.

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An original take on events we think we know about

An original take on events we think we know about. Frank McDonagh's book in two volumes, takes a chronological approach. Detailed, with new information and new angles on events, it is very accessible without ever trivializing aspects. Paul McGann is such an appropriate choice of narrator hailing from Liverpool like the author. Moreover, his narration is excellent, adopting exactly the right, measured tone throughout. Utterly professional performance, very listenable. Thank you.

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Brilliant, best WW2 book I've read

So good and excellent for understanding the chronology of WW2 that is often lost when focusing on one element

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Worth listening.

The first volume of this book is very based on Hitler and his political and personal views. This second volume is very much more focused on the sequence of the war rather than Hitler himself. A good informative listen though.

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Narrator not great, story good

Narrator randomly inserted numerous pauses causing some confusion. At risk of being ‘scousist’ I’d say Mr McGann wasn’t an A star scholar of the English language. The content was detailed and informative so the overall experience was good.

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Superb, simple, powerful... dark

Powerful story told chronologically... narrated expertly by Paul McGann...the sense of impending doom for the innocent victims of a demented leadership ; and the conveying of how it would reap the whirlwind it had sowed is compelling. This is an admirable follow-up to the first half of this incredible dark story.

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Good Updated View Of Hitler and Co

New parts of the story blend with the familiar previously documented events well balanced & worthwhile.

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