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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It reduced former British sympathizers of Adolf Hitler's Germany to those who only
wished to appease. What remained of British enthusiasts for Hitler soon shrank to
a tiny hard core. The Times of March 1 5, 1938, headlined the rape of Austria, ...
Even former combat soldiers were harassed. Their appeals for help, if any
appeals could be made, were usually to former regimental comrades or
commanders. In a sense, the Jewish former front-line soldier was one of the
Nazis' most ...
Sadly and not surprisingly, the former Germans, all Jews, appealed to Berlin to "
save them from humiliation by the French enemy." In October 1940, 1504 Jews
were rounded up in the German provinces of Baden and Saarpfalz, and dumped
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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