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    DescriptionFor the first time in Trade Paperback the massive, compelling book in which William Manchester brings to life Europe's richest, most powerful family, a 400-year dynasty that armed Germany in three major wars. Their cannon won the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. In 1871 they invented the first anti-aircraft gun to shoot down observation balloons. In WWI their mammoth weapons shelled Paris at a range of 81 miles. For 40 years they manufactured submarines, beginning with the U-1 that menaced Allied shipping. In 1940 their cannon actually shelled England from across the channel. The Krupps armed the forces of the Kaiser and financed Hitler's 'Terror Election' of 1933. Hitler honoured their loyalty by decreeing special tax exemptions that continued to bind a post-war West Germany. The Krupps even survived a Nuremberg conviction to become the dynamo behind the 'Common Market'.

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    The Arms of Krupp
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Manchester
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 992
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 1,061 g
    ISBN 13: 9780316529402
    ISBN 10: 0316529400

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JWM
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 10
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GERMNY
    B&T General Subject: 430
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 19
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CEUROP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS014000, HIS027090
    BIC subject category V2: KNDM, 1DFG
    DC22: 338.7/672
    LC classification: HD9523.9.K7 M35 2003
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    DC22: 338.7672
    LC classification: HD9523.9.K
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHT, KND, JWM
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1DFG
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Little, Brown & Company
    Imprint name
    Little, Brown & Company
    Publication date
    07 August 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    William Manchester is professor of History Emeritus at Wesleyan University. His biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion, is considered definitive.
    Review quote
    ** 'A colorful, extremely readable account. To be the biographer of Krupp is to write the history of modern Germany.' - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
    Review text
    The very name Krupp is formidable, doom-laden, and intrinsically linked with the German war machine. As H.G. Wells put it, they were 'at the very core of evil'. A succession of sons bore the name and the reputation of ruthless power, and acted appropriately. In William Manchester's truly massive work, the industrialist family, smokestack barons of the Ruhr, are traced from the medieval period through to the Wagnerian orgy of destruction in 1945, and the eventual demise of the firm in the late sixties. For four centuries the Krupps armed the state, at their lowest point using concentration camp workers at Auschwitz as slave labour to produce automatic weapons. Bismarck and the Kaiser owed the Krupp dynasty a debt, and even Hitler was enthralled by the vulpine and tyrannical Gustav Krupp. Originally published in 1968, this is a daunting, intensely detailed and complex history of a deadly family business. Inevitably it is also the story of a nation's obsessive expansionist desire from 1870 through to the catastrophe of World War Two. (Kirkus UK)