The Arms of Krupp
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The Arms of Krupp

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For 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'.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 992 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 42mm | 1,061.4g
  • Little, Brown & Company
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 69ill.
  • 0316529400
  • 9780316529402
  • 209,147

About William Manchester

William Manchester is professor of History Emeritus at Wesleyan University. His biography of Winston Churchill, The Last Lion, is considered definitive.show more

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** 'A colorful, extremely readable account. To be the biographer of Krupp is to write the history of modern Germany.' - NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWshow more

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