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    DescriptionTaken from his bestselling biography "Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis", Ian Kershaw's "The Luck of the Devil: The Story of Operation Valkyrie" is a brilliant account of the German plot to assassinate Hitler. The July 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hilter was a desperate attempt by a group of senior officers, most famously Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, to redeem Germany's honour and end the Second World War. They were heroic because they knew their chances of success were slight and that the result of their failure would undoubtedly be a terrible death. They wanted to leave a message for later generations: that there were Germans who understood the evils of Nazism and were willing to act against it. This extraordinary story is the basis for Bryan Singer's film "Valkyrie", starring Tom Cruise and Kenneth Branagh. "The Luck of the Devil" recounts those fateful days at Hitler's Wolf's Lair headquarters, when his opponents came s close to assassinating one of the modern era's most terrible figures. Richard Overy has spent much of his distinguished career studying the intellectual, social and military ideas that shaped the cataclysm of the Second World War, particularly in his books "1939 - Countdown to War", "Why the Allies Won", "Russia's War" and "The Morbid Age". Overy's "The Dictators: Hitler's Germany", "Stalin's Russia" won the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hessell Tiltman Prize.


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    Title
    Luck of the Devil
    Subtitle
    The Story of Operation Valkyrie
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Kershaw
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 184
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780141040066
    ISBN 10: 0141040068
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    BIC subject category V2: JWLF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, HBW, JPWL1
    DC22: 943.086092
    BISAC V2.8: HIS014000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DFG
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHD, NHWL, JPWL
    Illustrations note
    8 pp b/w pictures
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ian Kershaw was Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield from 1989 - 2008. His books include The 'Hitler Myth', his two volume Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and Hitler 1936-1945: Nemesis, and Fateful Choices. He was knighted in 2002.
    Review quote
    'The UK's, if not the world's, premier historian of the Nazi era' - John Crace, Guardian