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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671760823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671760823
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Pool's Hitler and His Secret Partners exposes Nazi financial machinations dating from Hitler's seizure of power in 1933 to the end of his dictatorship in 1945. In this sequel to his acclaimed Who Financed Hitler, Pool contends that "looting and plundering were the primary motives" of the Nazi elite, arguing that these men waged war and effected genocide in order to line their pockets.

While there have been dozens of explanations of the motives behind the murderous actions of the Third Reich, Hitler and His Secret Partners stands out for its focus on the sheer greediness of the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Pool thoroughly explores how German industrialists reaped immense profits from slave labor and conquest, arguing that Hitler's status among these powerful men was transformed from pampered front man to ruthless master. The most interesting contribution of this book is the story of how Hitler's financial partners spared German industry from the Führer's desperate plans for destruction and sealed his fate in the last days of the war.

Pool has furthered the argument of his previous book that lust for money must be counted among anti-Semitism and totalitarianism as the primary elements within Nazi ideology. Although readers will find a more comprehensive treatment of Nazi beliefs and Hitler's place within the Third Reich in Ian Kershaw's Hitler 1889-1933: Hubris, Hitler and His Secret Partners nevertheless demonstrates the importance of economic considerations within the Nazi state. --James Highfill

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Orlando Sentinel Pool re-examine[s] the entire operation of the Third Reich -- including the Holocaust -- in economic terms....A persuasive argument that money, and not necessarily fanaticism and anti-Semitism, was at the heart of German ideology....

Associated Press An excellent book.

Anderson Independent-Mail (SC) For a concise, highly readable version of how World War II happened, it's hard to beat James Pool's Hitler and His Secret Partners....an excellent account of the road to war, the battles won and lost, and the fall of Nazi Germany....Pool...convey[s] these facts in a seamless narrative.

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It's a fascinating read which I couldn't put down!
sylvia goldwasser
All veterans of any war should read these two accounts by Mr. Pool.
Richard E. Noble
Read this book and you will get the answer to all those questions.
Wolf G.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
James Pool provides an alternative viewpoint to the history of the Nazi Regime by focusing on Hitler's economic motivations and policies. He illuminates many grey areas of the war by examing them from a perspective that pure military or political histories neglect. His writing style is a pleasure to read, probably to his detriment, as the simplistic style may convey the idea that this book is not well researched. However, those who are well-versed in the history of the Third Reich will recognize that a great deal of research has been condensed into a straightforward account of Hitler and his partner's actions. A must-read for modern history buffs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Noble VINE VOICE on September 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have no doubt that most Americans will not believe much of what Mr. Pool outlines with regards to the allied support of Adolf Hitler. I have been doing considerable research on this subject and the more I dig, the worse it gets. And the damnable information comes from numerous varied and different sources. Most Americans have no idea. I am finding out that this book and Mr. Pool's first book on this subject contain more fact than fiction. Which is very, very sad and unfortunate for those of us who harbor any reasonable amount of patriotic fervor. All veterans of any war should read these two accounts by Mr. Pool.

Richard Edward Noble - The Hobo Philosopher - Author of:

America On Strike - A survey of Labor strikes in America
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By American_History_Rocks on November 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read both of Pool books, and I've found them both very insightful on the American, England and German "money" interest in the Nazi's rise to power. Without their backing, Germany would have fallen into a communist state in the early 1930s. Certainly, the high-powered money interest of Europe preferred the Nazi Party to the communist. This is why the "money" interest supported the Nazi party. Understanding this truth is key to understanding the Nazis rise to power.
We all know what Hitler's views were, but we haven't until Pool research, addressed what powerful forces were instrumental in his rise to power. As a history major, Pool represents what the craft of history is all about. A high recommended reading for anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sylvia goldwasser on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
I borrowed this from a friend, thinking I would skim through it. Whether you will love it or hate it, you must read this book! It's a fascinating read which I couldn't put down!
Fear of communism and business interests played a major role in the war but to what extent the war played out according to those interests makes astonishing reading. James Pool makes you want to look around your house and car to see what products might have been made by companies that supported the Nazis and profited from looting and slave labor.
If, like me, you have always wondered how the Nazi's stayed in power as long as they did and wrought such destruction in Europe, you must read this book. Every single chapter is interesting and even though you know the outcome of the war, the end chapters are quite exciting and you won't be able to put it down! James Pool is an excellent writer and yes there are some minor editorial glitches but you get that everywhere now as less money is spent on editing.
Pool shows the Nazis in their true colours; greedy, crass, vain, ambitious, tasteless, sycophantic, cruel, opportunistic parasites living off each other in the most uneasy symbiosis where things can turn againsst them at any given moment and their looted booty be given to an upstart. They make Caligula look good (almost) The author also exposes the fictions surrounding Hitler's semi-ascetic lifestyle to show a life of luxury funded by looted property. Hitler is portrayed as neither a madman nor a genius, Hitler had charisma, he had some military insight and he was also incredibly lucky a lot of the time. He knew how to play the old rivalries between France, Britain, Russian and the USA against each other quite effectively. And he did have support abroad, there can be no doubt.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wolf G. on August 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was recommended to me by a friend, who thought it was an amazing book. So I went online and bought it. I was pleasantly surprised.

Pool gives us an insight inside the economical side of the Third Reich: the policies, the looting, the funding, etc. Ever wondered where did Hitler get all the money to sustain the SA and the SS during the initial phases of the Reich? Ever wondered how Hitler managed to amazingly recover the entire German economy, or how did he gain the trust of the noble German class? Did you ever think about how Hitler looted every country he invaded, such as France, and enslaved them economically?

Read this book and you will get the answer to all those questions. It's properly documented. You will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By American_History_Rocks on November 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I've read both of Pool books, and I've found them both very insightful on the American, England and German "money" interest in the Nazi's rise to power. Without their backing, Germany would have fallen into a communist state in the early 1930s. Certainly, the high-powered money interest of Europe preferred the Nazi Party to the communist. This is why the "money" interest supported the Nazi party. Understanding this truth is key to understanding the Nazis rise to power.
We all know what Hitler's views were, but we haven't until Pool research, addressed what powerful forces were instrumental in his rise to power. As a history major, Pool represents what the craft of history is all about. A high recommended reading for anyone.
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