Hitler's Diplomat: The Life and Times of Joachim Von Ribbentrop
Ticknor and Fields, 1992 - 376 pages
This first full-length English-language biography of Joachim von Ribbentrop, Adolf Hitler's notorious foreign minister, is also an authoritative account of the social and political workings of Nazi Germany. The result of a lifetime of research and firsthand experience, the book combines narrative history of the highest order and intimate familiarity with the people, events, and social currents that animated Hitler's regime. A well-to-do social climber who made and married money, von Ribbentrop was among the few in Hitler's circle with a claim to social prominence. As ambassador to England, von Ribbentrop quickly worked his way up to head the Foreign Ministry, along the way negotiating the British Naval Agreement, the Anti-Comintern Pact, and the Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. Frustrated during the war, when diplomacy was rendered virtually obsolete, von Ribbentrop never forsook his Fuhrer even at Nurnberg, where he was tried and hanged as a senior war criminal. With a provocative foreword by Tom Wolfe that draws disturbing comparisons between the Berlin of the 1930s and American society of the 1980s, Hitler's Diplomat is not only the riveting story of one of Hitler's closest collaborators, it also provides a window onto a side of Nazi Germany that is as fascinating as it is troubling: the men and women of culture and means who gave themselves to Hitler and his war machine.
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An urgent call from the Berghof told him to report immediately to his Fuhrer at the
Bavarian retreat for a meeting with Austria's Chancellor Kurt von Schuschnigg
and the German ambassador to Vienna, the indestructible Franz von Papen.
They arrived at the Berghof on February 12, promptly at 10 a.m. Next came von
Schuschnigg, who was met halfway up the flight of stairs by his host. The pale
and tired Austrian chancellor was introduced to Hitler's associates, and the two ...
Earlier in January, Colonel Beck, unable to dodge it, had accepted an invitation
to the Berghof. Among the requests made by Hitler, against the background of
majestic mountain views from his windows, was the return to Germany of Danzig.
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HITLER'S DIPLOMAT: The Life and Times of Joachim von RibbentropUser Review - Kirkus
What can a celebrated fashion designer tell you about the history of Germany's Third Reich? You'd be surprised. Weitz (Friends in High Places, 1982, etc.) grew up in Berlin's haut monde, fled the ... Read full review
Hitler's diplomat: the life and times of Joachim von RibbentropUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A popular rather than a scholarly biography, based on secondary works and a smattering of memoir literature, this account follows von Ribbentrop's early life as a Berlin social climber, his relatively ... Read full review