Hitler's Valkyrie

Hitler's Valkyrie : The Uncensored Biography of Unity Mitford

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Emerging from modern history as a remarkable and much-loved family, the Mitfords have remained largely unrepentant concerning theirs and particularly Unity's enthusiastic support of Hitler, the Nazis, Oswald Mosley and British fascism. However, having initially encouraged and supported Unity's affair with Hitler, they subsequently insisted that she had in fact been a rather unintelligent, clumsy lump of a girl, whose virginal relationship with one of the most terrifying dictators of all time was a mere unrequited romantic obsession. As this book will show, nothing could be further from the truth. Following further research and reexamination of the family's, friends' and journalists' often contradictory evidence, plus new information supplied by the author's own family and friends, Hitler's Valkyrie will reveal that while Unity was, like Hitler, an extreme fantasist, there was very little of the juvenile romantic about her. On the contrary, she was highly intelligent, free-spirited and athletic. She was also the only Englishwoman who came close to being capable of changing the course of the Second World War. Here David R.L. Litchfield untangles the decades-old web of intrigue surrounding Unity Mitford and one of the most dangerous men of all time, creating a fascinating book of unparalleled importance to the Mitford legacy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 28mm | 579.99g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 16 Illustrations, black and white
  • 075248575X
  • 9780752485751
  • 639,141

About David R. L. Litchfield

David R. L. Litchfield is a writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker. He has written for Rolling Stone, Tatler, and the Times.show more

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"[Litchfield's]account of how Unity became an intimate part of Hitler s inner circle, one of the few to use the familiar du in addressing him, is gripping ..." Martin Rubin, The Washington Times"" "[Litchfield's] account of how Unity became an intimate part of Hitler's inner circle, one of the few to use the familiar "du" in addressing him, is gripping ..." --Martin Rubin, The Washington Timesshow more

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Unfortunately this is less of a well researched and thoughtful study than a badly researched and badly written diatribe against - well everyone, really. The Mitford family, Winston Churchill, the English people in the 1930's, the British Government, the American Government... really, the only people not lined up for innuendo and accusation are the author's mother - identified only in the last chapter as the chief informant - and some of her friends. Oh, and a 'close personal friend' of the author. The bibliography seems to indicate that the author has read virtually nothing of world, or English history. He offers no primary sources and even feels that inserting his own exclamation marks [!] partway through innocent quotes will change the meaning of the original words. He offers little or no documented evidence for most of his accusations, and deliberately misinterprets evidence which is offered. The book follows no organised structure, but jumps to and fro, even involving Oscar Wilde, who definitely had an alibi for the 1930's. There is no wit and no understanding of the human condition (especially of mental illness) in this book. Save your money.show more
by Judy Cecil
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