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Military historian Hoyt allows that Hitler "showed real brilliance" in his initial military victories but that defeat was inevitable as early as 1942 because of the virulent nature of his anti-Semitism (the most important, according to Hoyt, of the several reasons he offers), because of the declaration of war against the Soviet Union and because of his failure to make full use of the U-boat to starve Britain out of the war. Hoyt also argues that if the Western Allies had stood up to Hitler before 1939, "he would have been forced into collapse." The swift but surface-skimming narrative revolves largely around the relationship between the Nazi leader and his military staff, particularly the loss of confidence and finally the loss of loyalty on the part of key generals and admirals. Quoting liberally from Hitler's speeches, writings and private statements, Hoyt traces the Fuhrer's failing ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy and his increasing faith in doubtful or even nonexistent superweapons. Among Hoyt's previous books are Kamikazes and America's Wars. Photos.
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A fast-paced, anecdotal narrative covering both Hitler's rise to power and his conduct of the war by a prolific popular military author (Library Journal)

Hoyt provides fresh perspective on the Fuhrer as a World War II strategist.... [The author] covers a lot of ground with insight and intelligence that make his analyisis a genuine contribution to Hitlerian lore (Kirkus Reviews)

Quoting liberally from Hitler's speeches, writings, and private statements, Hoyt traces the Fuhrer's failing ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. This swift narrative revolves largely around the reltionship between the nazi leader and his military staff, particularly the loss of confidence and finally the loss of loyalty on the part of key generals and admirals. (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; First Edition edition (April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070306222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070306226
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frederick D. Clements on February 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This was actually an enjoyable read, but with problems.This book is short and written for the mass market. The author produced an incredible number of with books on wide ranging subjects, with an emphasis on WWII Naval Warefare.My problem is his style of writing and the errors of ommission and fact that appear in almost every chapter.Some are minor, to wit he is determined to make Field Marshal Albert Kesselring, von Kesselring. Others are more serious, he states that the German Wehrmacht entered WWII (Poland)as a fully mechanized force, when in fact they began the Polish Campaign only 30 percent mechanized, and never achieved 100 percent throughout the entire war. I suppose the author thought the one million plus horses plus what they later captured in Poland and Russia were only used to pull mess wagons! The author makes no use of footnotes--he does include Chapter Notes that summarize his sources, however, it's impossible to check his sources. In short, this would have been a much better book if a knowledgeble WWII proof reader/editor had taken a red pen to the manuscript.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
An accomplished and highly respected historian in the field of World War II studies, Edwin P. Hoyt offers military buffs new insight to Adolf Hitler's leadership as commander-in-chief of Germany's armed forces in Hitler's War. From Hitler's early successes in Austria and Czechoslovakia, to his later failures in Russia and Normandy, we are treated to a cogent and informed analysis of the Fuhrer's motives, relationships with his generals, and the errors in judgement that were to collapse the German armed forces into total defeat on all fronts. Hoyt reveals that Hitler's skill in manipulating his officers and the German public was ultimate undermined by his obsession with exterminating the Jews and communists and set Germany on the irreversible road to defeat from 1942 onward....
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
Format: Paperback
Hoyt presents an engaging albeit superflous view of the Fuhrer's war. He effectively and interestingly narrates the history of the Third Reich from birth to death. Not an in depth study, but an excellent beginning.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EndSieg on October 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
It has been remarked that "Hoyt may well have taught more Americans about World War II than all other authors in the country put together" and commented about "this prolific author's highly readable oeuvre" (Professor Citino, in his "Death of the Wehrmacht, The German campaigns of 1942" (p.369, note 91 to page 250))

While indeed highly readable, Hoyt's work lacks in accuracy to the point of potentially leading his readers to incorrect conclusions. That is especially the case when the balance in manpower or armaments is misrepresented.

One such glaring example can be found on page 123 about the "phony war" and the prelude to the 1940 campaign in the West: "The numerous German panzers, with their 80- and 88-millimeter cannon, were formidable". That gives the completely erroneous impression that the British and French armored forces were outnumbered and outclassed by the German forces, which in turn leads to an erroneous conclusion as to the reasons for the German victory in May/June 1940.
The balance of power was exactly the opposite of that insinuated by Hoyt as is very well put by for example Omar Bartov in his "Hitler's army, Soldiers, Nazis and War in the Third Reich" on page 12: "When Germany launched its attack in the West, its armored forces were in fact numerically and in some respects also qualitatively inferior to those of its opponents. On 10 May 1940 the Wehrmacht sent into action 2445 of its 3505 available tanks. Facing it were no less than 3383 French, British, Belgian, and Dutch tanks. Moreover, only 725 of the German tanks were of the advanced Panzer III and IV models, and even they had great difficulties in confronting some of the heavy French tanks".
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