HITLER AND HIS SECRET PARTNERS reveals that the greatest tragedy of the twentieth century was driven in large part by economics - by the desire to hoard wealth as well as power. Those who reaped the rewards - whether peasant, prince or politician - share equally in the criminal consequences of Nazism. Meticulously researched and thoroughly documented, this remarkable and monumental volume is sure to provoke controversy and have a substantial impact for decades to come. Here for the first time, is the full story of the financial calculation, exploitation, and greed at the core of the Third Reich, and of an amassed legacy that continues to make headlines with the recent emergence of Nazi accounts in Swiss banks. Discover the explosive truth about the men and women who provided Hitler with money and moral support - and what they received in return.
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A sensationalizing and deeply flawed work. Pool continues a project begun in Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler's Rise to Power, 1919-1933 (1978) and comes up with with the same disappointing results. While it may be true that "robbery was elevated to a state policy" in Hitler's Germany, Pool is fundamentally mistaken in his central thesis: that greed often overrode ideology in the Third Reich. Nor is it true that "the financial motives of Hitler and his partners have never been examined." Marxist historians have been very clear on the relationship between Nazism and capitalism, while others have focused on the personal greed of Nazi henchmen like Goering. Pool argues that Joseph Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, and the duke and duchess of Windsor, among others, influenced Nazi policy abroad; although some of these figures were sympathetic to the Nazis, it would be stretching the truth to state they had a hand in implementing Nazi foreign policy. Although there are titillating asides concerning Hitler's sex life, extravagance, and drug abuse, the most provocative of Pool's claims focus on the Holocaust. The concentration camps, Pool argues, were an integral part of the Nazi economic program crafted by Speer; the Jews were persecuted for their wealth. Other historians, however, have clearly demonstrated that the camp system was notoriously unprofitable and have established that, while Jewish wealth may have been an added incentive for annihilation, it was certainly not a moving cause. Pool's overstated thesis trivializes an important topic. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - James Pool
In the early 1970s, James Pool traveled extensively in Germany, interviewing many former Nazis who actually helped finance Hitler or were personally close to him. He also interviewed Allied intelligence officers and surviving slave laborers who worked for German companies. He has BA and MA degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Pool is also the author of Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler's Rise to Power, 1919-1933, now completely revised and updated, and available in trade paperback from Pocket Books.