Synopses & Reviews
In this narrative of extraordinary richness, depth, and authority, America's preeminent biographer/historian explores the German national character as no other writer has done. The Arms of Krupp brings to life Europe's wealthiest, most powerful family, a four-hundred-year German dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons, from cannons to submarines to anti-aircraft guns; provided aid to generations of German leaders, including the Kaiser and Hitler; operated private concentration camps during the Nazi era; survived conviction at Nuremberg; and wielded enormous influence on the course of world events. William Manchester's galvanizing account of the rise and fall of the Krupp dynasty is history as it should be written alive with all its terrifying power.
"Absorbing and lively, macabre and grotesque....A story of truly extravagant dimensions." Victor Lange, Atlantic Monthly
"The Krupps' story, as Mr. Manchester tells it, is a paradigm of German history." New York Review of Books
In this massive, compellingly readable book, America's preeminent biographer/historian brings to life Europe's most powerful family, a 400-year dynasty that developed the world's most technologically advanced weapons. Manchester's account of the rise and fall of the Krupp dynasty is history as it should be written--alive with all its terrifying power. 69 photos.
The Krupp family were the premier German arms manufacturers from the middle of the 19th century until the end of World War II, producing artillery pieces and submarines that set the standard for effectiveness. This book relates the history of this influential company.
About the Author
William Manchester was a hugely successful popular historian and biographer whose books include The Last Lion
, Volumes 1 and 2, Goodbye Darkness
, A World Lit Only by Fire
, The Glory and the Dream
, The Arms of Krupp
, American Caesar
, The Death of the President
, and assorted works of journalism.