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Blood and Iron: From Bismarck to Hitler the Von Moltke Family's Impact on German History

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In the turbulent history of modern Germany the name of Moltke has stood for military power and also enduring moral strength. In the Franco-Prussian War and then World Wars I and II, in each a Moltke was a key figure, culminating in the arrest and execution for conspiracy by the Gestapo of Count Helmuth James von Moltke, the great-great-nephew of Field Marshal von Moltke, who had defeated the Austrians, then besieged and conquered Paris in 1871, and made Germany the dominant power in Europe. The Field Marshal's nephew, Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke, was Chief of Staff of the German armies in 1914. With his armies on the Maine only twenty miles from Paris, he suffered a nervous breakdown and was removed from command. And Helmuth James, working for Admiral Wilhelm Canaris in German intelligence and leader of the underground resistance to Hitler, was arrested by the Gestapo and tried and executed for treason in the last months of the war. At every major crisis in more than a century of German history the von Moltke family has played a critical role. The history of the family is thus a way of perceiving and assessing the history of modem Germany. For the Germany of the von Moltkes was also the Germany of Bismarck and Hitler, Wagner and Strauss, Nietzsche, Mann, and Brecht. Friedrich's vivid and knowledgeable style makes this an absorbing historical chronicle full of characters and events on a broad canvas along with personal histories, anecdotes, and gossip within and without the corndors of power.

Synopsis:

A member of the von Moltke family has played a crucial role in every major crisis of German history — from the Franco-Prussian War to World Wars I and II. In 1871, Field Marshal von Moltke made Germany a major power in Europe when he and his army conquered France after defeating Austria. His nephew, Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke, was Chief of Staff of the German armies in 1914. In World War II, Helmuth James von Moltke worked for the Third Reich's intelligence operations until he was executed for treason in the last months of the war, having supplied the Allies with strategic information that was instrumental in the final outcome of the war. Brilliant, absorbing, and filled with personal histories and anecdotes, Blood & Iron paints a broad picture of modern Germany through the remarkable story of a fascinating family.

About the Author

Otto Friedrich, born in 1929 in Boston, majored in history at Harvard, where he received a degree magna cum laude in 1948. He went to Europe and worked for the Stars &Stripes in Germany and United Press in Paris and London. Returning to New York, he served as an editor at the Daily News, Newsweek, and the Saturday Evening Post. He was managing editor at the Post from 1965 until the magazine's suspension in 1969. Friedrich's account of the Post's last years, Decline and Fall, appeared in 1970 and was hailed as `a classic of American journalism.' It won the George Polk Award as that year's best book on the press. Among his other books are Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s (1972); Going Crazy: A Personal Inquiry (1976); The End of the World: A History (1982); City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s (1986); Glenn Gould. A Life and Variations (1990); Olympia. Paris in the Age of Manet (1992); and The Kingdom of Auschwitz (1994). Friedrich also wrote two novels and, in collaboration with his wife, nine children's books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060927677
Author:
Friedrich, Otto
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
History
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-Germany
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.18x6.22x.98 in. 1.32 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A member of the von Moltke family has played a crucial role in every major crisis of German history — from the Franco-Prussian War to World Wars I and II. In 1871, Field Marshal von Moltke made Germany a major power in Europe when he and his army conquered France after defeating Austria. His nephew, Helmuth Johannes Ludwig von Moltke, was Chief of Staff of the German armies in 1914. In World War II, Helmuth James von Moltke worked for the Third Reich's intelligence operations until he was executed for treason in the last months of the war, having supplied the Allies with strategic information that was instrumental in the final outcome of the war. Brilliant, absorbing, and filled with personal histories and anecdotes, Blood & Iron paints a broad picture of modern Germany through the remarkable story of a fascinating family.

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