The Arms of Krupp

The Arms of Krupp

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  • Hardback | 1053 pages
  • 147.32 x 220.98 x 60.96mm | 1,338.09g
  • London: Joseph, 1969, United Kingdom
  • 69ill.
  • 0718105532
  • 9780718105532

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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)show more

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