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Hindenburg: Icon of German Militarism (Military Profiles) Paperback – April 30, 2005

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Dennis Showalter, Ph.D., has taught history at Colorado College since 1969 and is a former president of the Society for Military History. He also served as a distinguished visiting professor at both the United States Military Academy and the United States Air Force Academy. The first edition of Showalter's Tannenberg won the prestigious Paul Birdsall Prize for best new book of 1992 from the American Historical Association. His other books include Railroads and Rifles and The Wars of Frederick the Great. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

William J. Astore, D.Phil., read modern history at Oxford and taught military history at the United States Air Force Academy. He is currently serving as associate provost and dean of students at the Defense Language Institute’s Foreign Language Center. He lives in Monterey, California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Military Profiles
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (April 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574886541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574886542
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,720,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A useful overview, but there's little here that hasn't been around for years.
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As the authors point out, it was not the Chancellor or William II that ran Germany late in World War I, but Hinderburg and Ludendorf. These men were responsible for the gamble that payed off in huge losses to the German Army and moral problems both at the front and at home. These guys called the shots, and when Germany could no longer go on, they blamed it on the minorities back home (Jews, Communists, profiteers). Hinderburg was the author of the stab in the back theory. Rather than admit that it was their policies that lost the war, they blamed it on someone else.

Hinderburg was later responsible for bringing Hitler to power and he should be blamed for losses in both wars. The authors show Hinderburg in a negative light with all he did.

This is a nice short read on a bad military leader. At a little over a hundred pages, it shows Hinderburg's rise and the faults that resulted in millions of deaths.
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