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1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New Here, March 25, 2004
This review is from: The Coming of the Third Reich (Hardcover)
There's really nothing new here to grab the senses. As an historian of the Third Reich I expected alot more of the first of a three volume set. Boring, tedious and certainly nothing new!
And what's with the cover? The book is about the Third Reich but German Communist Party members are featured on the cover!! ????
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Initial post: Mar 18, 2009 8:16:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2009 4:59:36 AM PDT
If you consider yourself an historian of the Third Reich, please indicate what articles, books or scholarly papers you may have published--also, what degrees do you hold and where did you earn them?

Lynn Robert Fairbanks

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2009 6:06:58 PM PDT
If the author is indeed a professional historian, then he is exactly the type of specialist that Evans noted he was not writing for (esp. see author's preface, p. xviii). In depends on the individual reader how much of the book is fresh and new. To me, it was a good amount, and I found the whole book of ***** quality (see my review). I majored in German Studies in college but still there was much to learn.

Posted on Apr 26, 2010 9:00:32 AM PDT
As an historian of the Third Reich, why do you not understand the picture of KPD members on the cover? The KPD was a major force in pre-Nazi German politics. Between 1918 and 1923, there was a serious revolutionary upheaval in Germany and the KPD gained a huge following. The story of the development of the KPD is an integral part of the story of the formation of the Freikorps movement, which beget the Nazis. I don't understand your confusion.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2011 6:50:25 PM PDT
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Posted on Apr 19, 2011 1:21:50 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 21, 2011 1:57:32 AM PDT
Evans talks about the German Communist Party and their contribution to the overall political problems of pre-Nazi Germany- as well as the ways in which the early Nazi party borrowed from the radical left. It's a major and recurring discussion in the book. I don't see why their being on the cover would be inappropriate, given that extended discussion. The whole point of much of this volume was that Germany was in violent and sometimes revolutionary political turmoil, and out of that atmosphere the Nazis found a path to power.

Perhaps you would see the relevance if you had read the book, and it's not at all obvious from your "discussion" here that you have read it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2012 7:07:05 AM PST
It really doesn't seem like this reviewer even read the book. Either that, or he is just not very bright. Looking at his other so-called reviews reveals it.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 7:41:36 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2012 7:41:54 PM PDT
W. Lee says:
I suspect this man is an adjunct instructor of history at the Toledo College of Musical Knowledge (to borrow from Kay Kaiser)

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 7:06:19 AM PDT
Mr. Silence says:
Another armchair historian who picks up a book, finds it daunting, finds himself annoyed that he couldn't "get" it, and then proceeds to log onto Amazon so that he can tear it apart. Mark A. Costa, ladies and gentlemen!

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2014 12:10:08 PM PDT
iamhere says:
If he is not a professional historian, how can he be trusted to gauge the contributions of the book?

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2014 12:11:31 PM PDT
iamhere says:
Hey.....don't knock us adjuncts. We make up 75% of the workforce now...ha.
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