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Hitler's Hangman: The Life of Heydrich Paperback – October 16, 2012
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"Robert Gerwarth has produced a thoroughly documented, scholarly, and eminently readable account of this mass murderer."—The New Republic
"[M]eticulously takes us inside the Third Reich, face to face with the Nazi hero, revealing as few texts do how the bureaucracy of evil worked."—Kirkus Reviews
"Gerwarth . . . offers a first rate biography of one of history’s most notorious villains."—Deseret News
"Gerwarth's mastery of primary sources and relevant secondary literature is impressive, and his integration of the most recent scholarship and historiographical perspectives on the Nazi dictatorship and the Holocaust make this fine biography even more compelling. An outstanding, exceptional book sure to become the standard account of one of the most infamous Nazi war criminals."—D.R. Snyder, Choice
"Drawing on profound research, Robert Gerwarth presents a penetrating, authoritative analysis of the ruthless personality and murderous career of the man who directed the Third Reich's police state and became a driving-force in the programme to exterminate Europe's Jews."—Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler
"Evil is a word used too lightly in our times and in historical review. Yet, in his splendid biography of Heydrich, Robert Gerwarth allows us to see what evil means in its subtlety and complexity, its seeming reasonableness on occasion, its starkness and its terror. Reading Hitler's Hangman makes plain why, in our eternal wrestling with the question where by the grace of God might we be going, historical reckoning, even for the most appalling of war criminals, is a more satisfactory and richer approach than is legal prosecution."—R.J.B. Bosworth, author of Mussolini
"An excellent book on a major figure in the Nazi dictatorship, its secret police and the Holocaust. Gerwarth’s illumination of the development of the security complex under Heydrich, his actions in the Protectorate, and especially the war in the East, is of real value."—Tim Kirk, author of Nazi Germany
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Then I discovered this book. The depth knowledge contained in this book is astounding. It is an intricately researched and incredibly detailed account of the life of Heydrich and more importantly the career of Heydrich in the Nazi party and the SS. The author details the gradual radicalisation of the Nazi racial policies and the motives for the atrocities committed in the name of the Reich and the German people. Without taking any particular slant or passing any judgement the author describes Heydrich's development of the Nazi terror apparatus and his developing puritanical pursuit of racial purity before his eventual assassination.
This is a brilliant book and should be compulsory reading for every student of history. It is well written and for a book so heavy with historical detail very easy to read. 10 out of 10. If I have one complaint it would be that the title of Hitlers Hangman does not fully encompass the impact the this one individual had on the lives of some many people across Europe and while it was his nickname, Heydrich, as you will find, out was so much more than that.
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Hydrich deserved what he got... a slow death.