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Man Who Invented the Third Reich Hardcover – August 13, 2002


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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Npi Media Ltd; First edition (August 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750918667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750918664
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,881,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hitler may have been a "genius" as a rabble-rouser and demagogue, but his ideas on politics, class divisions, and race were strictly derivative; they were the product of the hot-house political atmosphere that permeated both Vienna and the Austro-Germany borderlands. A major contributor to that atmosphere was Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, a morose intellectual who promoted extreme nationalism and virulent anti-Semitism as a poet and polemicist. Lauryssens, a Belgian author of five books on the Third Reich, writes in a melodramatic style, and he often engages in unwarranted speculation regarding both Moeller van den Bruck and his direct influence on Hitler. Still, he does succeed in conveying the intellectual ferment and underlying current of violence that characterized prewar Vienna. As for Moeller van den Bruck, he emerges here as a brilliant, tortured, and strangely sympathetic character unable to cope with the political demons he helped to unleash. Jay Freeman

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"Succeed[s] in conveying the intellectual ferment and underlying current of violence that characterized prewar Vienna."  —Booklist
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is billed as the history of Moeller Van Den Bruck, the man who's book "The Third Reich", inspired Hitler.
While this book had some potential it falls down on the lack of basic material. Stan Lauryssens reveals in the last pages that all of Moeller Van Den Bruck's papers were destroyed at the end of WWII. This explains the structure of the rest of the book - a brief guide to the world in which van den Bruck lived and died. The result is that you only get brief glimpses of the man who was supposed to be the centre of this book.
It's also my opinion that Lauryssens also takes Otto Strasser (the so-called Anti-Hitler Nazi) altogether too much on his word.
Yet for all of this, it is an interesting book to read. For anyone interested in Weimar and what happened to it, it's worth a look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M Quigg VINE VOICE on November 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As with one of the previous reviewers noted, I am not sure there is enough evidence to suggest that this sickly man actually came up with the idea of the Third Reich itself. The book is basically a side by side comparison of the inter war years of Hitler and van den Bruck. The author tells us that much of the evidence was destroyed in the German occupation. However, if what Lauryssens says is correct, then Hitler was not only a dictator, murderer, but also a cheat. He basically took someone else's ideas and treated them as his own.

There is really little meat in this thin book. Hitler occupies half and does van den Bruck. However, this is a rehash of Hitler's story along with the man who came up with the idea of the Third Reich.
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Not what I anticipated. Rather boring. I would not recommend purchasing this book. Flow was hectic and disorganized. Recommend strongly to preview several times before purchase.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am not a book reviewer. I am not a great historian either. But I am a reader, an anybody, "interested" in history rather than a history scholar. I had (and still have) not read the book "The Third Reich" by Arthur Moeller van den Bruck, so I did not know first hand what to expect here.
Bottom line: This book is a study in character. It is not the biography of just one man (AMVB), but two: AH as well. Brilliantly, maybe even unconciously, this work reveals what I believe the difference was beetween AH and the rest of the people of his time, as exemplified by AMVB. The ideas between AMVB and AH did apparently not differ very much, yet the personalities do: human bevavior, "morals", versus absolute wild and barbaric, in-human ruthlessness. AH could kill a lifelong friend without loosing a second of sleep over it, AMVB was plagued by depression (consience?) and killed himself. History (and politics) is all about character, not about philosophies. The story of AMVB puzzles, it is tragic drama of classical a stature. The picturesque and minutely detailed szene descriptions capture the readers imagination, the reader literally lives through early 20th century Berlin and Vienna. Yet, it this, this all to human picturesque in stories about AH that could easily make one forget what a mass murderer he really was. This is the danger of such a book. It tells a story from eyewitness accounts (O Strasser, a black shirt!) and personal (the authors) imagination; it describes the philosophy of the absolut inhuman from a perspective all too human; hence it cannot claim to be objective or entirely truthful. It can only tell a story, like a novel writer does. It is work of fiction in an unfictious world. A puzzling story, yes, but how much of it should we really believe?
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