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    DescriptionIn Masters of Death," " Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen's role in the Holocaust. These "special task forces," organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. They murdered more than 1.5 million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar. These massive crimes have been generally overlooked or underestimated by Holocaust historians, who have focused on the gas chambers. In this painstaking account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes profiles the eastern campaign's architects as well as its "ordinary" soldiers and policemen, and helps us understand how such men were conditioned to carry out mass murder. Marshaling a vast array of documents and the testimony of perpetrators and survivors, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust and World War II.


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    Title
    Masters of Death
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Rhodes
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 335
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 200 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780375708220
    ISBN 10: 0375708227
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG, HBWQ
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 940.5318
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    LC classification: D
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/HOLOCT
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
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    DC22: 940.5318
    BISAC V2.8: HIS043000
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    Thema V1.0: NHTZ1
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    16 PP B&W AND 6 MAPS
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House USA Inc
    Publication date
    26 September 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Richard Rhodes is the author of nineteen books. His The Making of the Atomic Bomb won a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award. He has received Guggenheim, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowships, and lectures frequently to college and professional audiences. Rhodes and his wife live in California.
    Review quote
    "Through his fine and accessible account, Rhodes deepens our sense of the Holocaust's utter evil." "--The New York Times Book Review ""Graphic and sometimes lurid. Yet this is how the story must be told for readers to grasp the depth of the horror. . . . The impact of this story is profound." "--The Washington Post Book World" "A vivid account. . . . Should contribute to better understanding of Nazi Germany and its crimes." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review ""A pointed reminder that all of us--even the most ordinary--are capable of horrendous acts of violence." "--The Denver Post ""This is an important and enormously powerful book." --Elie Wiesel "Powerful. . . . Not only an important work but a morally necessary one."-"Houston Chronicle " "Rhodes breaks searing ground. . . . Without reminders like this, we might never learn."-"Atlanta Journal-Constitution " "Graphically and chillingly details the work of the special killing battalions of Himmler's SS. . . Extremely well-written. . . [A] fine work of gruesome history."-"Jerusalem Post ""Powerfully concise. . . [Rhodes] continues his authoritative research with a story that is wrenching in human terms."-"The Kansas City Star ""Riveting history. . . Unrelenting."-"The Weekly Standard ""This latest contribution to the debate about the origins of Nazi behavior-the processes of socialization to butchery-is dreadfully timely."-"Newsweek "
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    In Masters of Death," Rhodes gives full weight, for the first time, to the Einsatzgruppen's role in the Holocaust. These "special task forces," organized by Heinrich Himmler to follow the German army as it advanced into eastern Poland and Russia, were the agents of the first phase of the Final Solution. They murdered more than 1.5 million men, women, and children between 1941 and 1943, often by shooting them into killing pits, as at Babi Yar. These massive crimes have been generally overlooked or underestimated by Holocaust historians, who have focused on the gas chambers. In this painstaking account, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes profiles the eastern campaign's architects as well as its "ordinary" soldiers and policemen, and helps us understand how such men were conditioned to carry out mass murder. Marshaling a vast array of documents and the testimony of perpetrators and survivors, this book is an essential contribution to our understanding of the Holocaust and World War II.