What Hitler Knew

What Hitler Knew : The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy

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"What Hitler Knew" is a study of how the climate of fear in Nazi Germany affected Hitler's advisers and shaped the decision making process. It explores the key foreign policy decisions from the Nazi seizure of power up to the hours before the outbreak of World War II. Zachary Shore argues that the tense environment led the diplomats to a nearly obsessive control over the "information arsenal" in a desperate battle to defend their positions and to safeguard their lives. The book draws the reader into the diplomats' darker world and illustrates how Hitler's power to make informed decisions was limited by the very system he created. The result, Shore concludes, was a chaotic flow of information between Hitler and his advisers that may have accelerated the march toward war.show more

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  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 150.4 x 220.5 x 18.5mm | 344.74g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195154592
  • 9780195154597

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"The frightening yet fascinating story of the inner workings of Nazi Germany's diplomatic corps during the years leading up to World War II. Shore...presents a graphic picture of Hitler's Reich that heretofore has been largely ignored"-- Library Journal"This book could be titled "What Hitler Did Not Know." . . . the book demonstrates just how Hitler's decision making was handicapped by a "frenetic system which he himself created Recommended. All levels and collections."-- Choice "Intriguing"-- Washington Monthlyshow more

About Zachary Shore

Zachary Shore is a research fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.show more

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